A faction pursuing the spoils of a dark legend threatens the land of Kichona and countries beyond.
Kichona, ruled by benevolent Empress Aki, has known a decade of peace since the defeat of Prince Gin in the Blood Rift. Sora and Daemon are apprentice taigas, warriors marked by the goddess Luna, and trained in combat and ability-enhancing magic to serve the empire. Called by their taiga names, Spirit and Wolf, Sora and Daemon are also each other’s gemina, divinely-linked warrior partners who share a mental connection. Talented but mischievous Sora finds purpose and motivation after reflecting on her younger sister’s death during the Blood Rift. Daemon, physically strong but less gifted magically, is struggling to prove himself while hoping to discover his parents’ identities and struggling to suppress his feelings for Sora, as romantic relationships between gemina are forbidden. While Sora and Daemon seek to find out the truth about Daemon’s missing parents, they uncover a startling enemy with phenomenal powers beyond any that they have ever seen—and the ambitions of this enemy are darker and deadlier than any previous one. Skye (The Crown’s Fate, 2017, etc.) has built a world that loosely fuses elements of Japanese and European folklore, legends, and naming conventions. The storyline however, occasionally falls flat, and characterizations feel somewhat trite. Characters have different shades of hair, including blue, platinum blonde, golden, or dyed black, but race is indeterminate.
Lackluster. (map) (Fantasy. 12-18)