ABOUT THE BOOK
Young ruffian Rustav is determined to escape his abusive uncle and hated homeland, even if it means braving the demon-infested forest. His escape is halted, however, when a race of legendary beings reveal him to be the country’s fabled heir. As the people rally around him, Rustav teeters precariously between raising his people from the dust—or destroying them from the inside.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Emily H. Bates grew up in Northern California, where she spent much of her young life happily closeted away with a book. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in German Linguistics, married a dashing young man from her study abroad in Germany, and now writes novels in English. She currently resides in Washington with her husband and her very busy daughter.
I wasn't really sure about this book at first since I'm not really into demon's but I'm glad I gave it a chance because I ended up loving it and I am sad that I have to wait to read the sequel. It didn't take me long to get into the story as Rustav is on the run from page one of the book. He's escaped his abusive uncle and is searching for a way to leave the country. But when he sees Dantzel in trouble, he can't help but stop to help. Unfortunately, his physical state causes him to pass out leading to a lengthier stay in the village than he had planned. Slowly, he learns to trust Anton and Dantzel and others in the village, and he grows to appreciate their care and concern. But when the Guards show up to take him, he and Dantzel flee into the forest where they meet the Tuath, a people long thought extinct. What he discovers there will change everything, but can he bring himself to risk everything for people who never helped him? Can he figure out how to lead before it's too late?
I found the book remarkably compelling and both Rustav and Dantzel believable and authentic. Rustav is gruff and projects a tough exterior while Dantzel is spirited and not afraid to say what she thinks. They make an interesting match, although things are just beginning when they are forced to flee and after that circumstances interfere with them pursuing things any further. The plot is intense and moves forward quickly making the book really hard to put down. I finished it in like two sittings. A thoroughly enjoyable beginning for a new series full of promise. There were several surprises that I really didn't see coming and enough twists and turns to please most readers. Highly recommended.