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by Sharon Shinn

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-670-06248-5
Publisher: Viking

For 17 years, Averie has lived the sheltered life of a rich general’s daughter in her native land of Aeberelle, never questioning the source of her wealth or the ramifications of her father’s invasions. However, when Averie leaves Aeberelle to join her father and fiancée in Chiarrin, a foreign land under the occupation of her father’s military, Averie cannot continue ignoring these questions and finds herself struggling with the ethics of invading another nation. Averie’s confusion is magnified as she quickly becomes enchanted by Chiarrin’s vibrant culture and befriends a dark and handsome soldier, who, although he serves her father, is truly a citizen of a land controlled by Aeberelle. Although presented as fictional settings, the lands are easily likened to familiar nations and the time period has the flavor of the late 18th century. However, because this text is not firmly tethered to reality, Averie’s well-drawn headstrong is realistic. Thought-provoking with a sinuous thread of romance and danger that keeps it light and entertaining. (Fiction. YA)