Author: Sara Holland
Publisher: Harper Teen
Series: Untitled #1
Published: January 2nd 2018
In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.
No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.
But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.
I received this book from Hachette at a blogger networking event at my local Waterstones, and as soon as I read the blurb I was instantly drawn in. I loved the overall concept of the book, and thought it was a very interesting story line, where time is currency, so when I began reading it, I was obviously going into it with high expectations. Overall, I thought the book was beautifully written, with great imagery and fantastically created characters – especially Jules, but more about her later.
This was one of those books that has a new twist and turn after each turn of a page, that leads you to say “just one more chapter” and before you know it, you’re 50 pages from the end, as you just need to know what is going to happen next. It is very gripping.
Now onto Jules, the protagonist. She is the kind of character that all people should aspire to be: she is extremely selfless; undeniably compassionate and just in general a lovely and wonderful woman. She always manages to the see the best in people, despite them not always being the nicest of humans, which to me is very admirable, as considering the stuff she goes through in this book you’d expect her to be quite hard-hearted. These personality traits seem to do her well as, as the story progresses people change and those who you think she’d be able to trust, she can not, and she those she deems enemies might not be all that bad.
A book full of secrets and love, it is guaranteed to make you fall in love with it. As you all know I am a sucker for a good setting, and my goodness was this a good one. Set in the ‘olden’ times, filled with wooden huts, muddy roads, castles and horse and carts until your hearts content, I personally believe it’s a wonderful Winter read as it transports you somewhere complete different to the world we know today. The characters in this book are the most perfect companions throughout the cold winter months and the journey this book will take you on. If you’re a sucker for strong female characters, a cute little setting and mythology then I think this book is the one for you.
Let me know if you read it and what you think of it!
Thanks for reading,