On the day the Holgarians attack her town, twenty-year-old Asta is blessed by a warrior god and is empowered with the heightened senses and unnatural healing abilities these foreign invaders possess. Grief-stricken and paralyzed by terror, she’s hauled onto the conquering general’s ship and taken to the island of Holger across the sea.
One year later, Asta graduates from warrior academy with honors and is chosen as one of the king’s personal Defenders. She will finally have the opportunity to kill the man who gave the general his orders, and avenge her family. She doesn’t expect the king to be young or kind, or completely oblivious of what his men are doing overseas. He has been told peaceful negotiations are going well, and the natural resources and ambassadors from the mainland seem to support this report. But Asta knows better.
Asta must find proof of the general’s treachery and bring it before the king so that she can save unconquered provinces from meeting the same fate as her hometown. But the king’s counselors suddenly start dying, and the king himself is hounded by foreign assassins. Revenge will have to wait if Asta’s going to keep the king, the mainland’s only hope, alive.
“You will find a well crafted medieval type world set on an island kingdom of Holger. This novel contains piracy, court intrigue, a unique training school for Palace Defenders, and, yes, true love.”
“This book combines action and adventure, fantasy, a hint of mystery, and a tiny bit of romance. It all worked together beautifully. Fox takes the reader on an adventure that constantly pitches them to the edge; then stops just short of kicking them over. In other words, suspenseful. She also makes the reader care about the people in this book. I’m sure young women will find it natural to identify with/be empowered by Asta. She doesn’t play the victim like other popular young adult novel female main characters. How refreshing!”
“This book has fantastic characters that will steal your heart! It is full of action, mystery, and a touch of romance. A very clean story with little to no language. I’ve read this story over a handful of times and defiantly recommend it!”