Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.”
~Synopsis from Goodreads
Okay wow I was not expecting to like this book. I mean it’s overhyped and pretty gory. So I wasn’t expecting to really like it. But I loved it and I’m so excited to see what happens in the next two books.
Elias and Laia are fun and very different characters. The whole story is just so interesting and nice and yeah.
I’m sorry for this review being short and not that great!! I’m absolutely exhausted and stressed.
I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars! I really liked it and I for sure recommend it.
Until Next Time,