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Apr 12, 2009 Chocoholic rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 100-in-2010
From the first page, I couldn't put this book down. The character in the book had suffered some abuse prior to her imprisonment, and it is graphic and disturbing when re-told. Overall, reading about how this girls survives was seriously fascinating!
Jan 18, 2009 Loraine rated it it was amazing
This books includes everything I need; thrill, adventure, murder, and a love story. Book one of three. This one was my favorite by far.
Feb 11, 2009 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was just was I was looking for. :) I loved the characters, the plot, everything. Excellent read!
Pixie/PageTurners(Amber) C.
Jun 09, 2009 Pixie/PageTurners(Amber) C. rated it really liked it
Started off slow, but towards the middle it pulled in and I had to finish. Lots of fantasy, and plot twist.
Aug 14, 2013 Book rated it it was amazing
I read this book on 2007 a few times, but loved it so much that I felt it was time to reread it. I'm so happy I did. I found myself waiting for certain parts to happen bc I remembered how much I love them.

The concept of a prisoner given the chance to be a poison tester instead of hanging intrigued me.

The characters were well developed and their interactions were perfect. Each character pushed the story further.

Janco and Ari were great. And Valek...swoon.

I wish I knew more people who have rea

Stolen from her home at a young age, Yalena was taken to Ixia where she was thrown into experiments - at first harmless tests of her magical ability. Magic is forbidden in Ixia, but in the home of General Brazell - he took in orphan children that had magical abilities. As Yalena became older, she realized that Brazell was not a fatherly figure, his tests turning into tortures until she was given up on. Brazell let his sadestic son - Reyad - have her and she killed him in self-defense.

Sep 26, 2015 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful and original YA fantasy/adventure with a touch of romance!

I had serious doubts as I read the first chapter. The first chapter could use a rewrite to be more in-line with the style of the rest of the book. It seemed as though this first chapter alone had gone through some kind of writing workshop that unnecessarily required writers to add pizzazz to the descriptions by over-describing them and using active verbs everywhere. This doesn't work if you do it in every sentence and with every
Enna Isilee
Took this down to 4 stars just because there were SO many accents in this book. People from the same place talked in five different ways and I have no idea why.
Kelly Aley
Jan 18, 2010 Kelly Aley rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the mixture of old/fantasy. I also always love books where the main character is a strong female in training of some sort (Dragonsong, Crystal Singer, etc.) I can't wait to read the rest of the books in this series.
Deborah Blake
Dec 05, 2009 Deborah Blake rated it it was amazing
One of the most amazing books I ever read--and it was a first novel, too! a must read if you like fantasy.
Jul 21, 2011 Tamela rated it really liked it
Really liked this one for the strong female character...have since read all three in series.
Feb 20, 2009 Claire rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was fresh in ideas and wonderfully written!
May 17, 2014 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
Just as fantastic as the first time I read it. :)
Katieb (MundieMoms)
WOW!! Talk about a strong heroine who's been through hell and in the end gets the respect she deserves, along with some sort of closer and the hot boy. Seriously, this is a fantastic book and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. I'll be honest, I was a little nervous reading an "adult" book, but I'm a little shocked that it's not a YA book. It's an amazing fantasy, with beautiful world building, unforgettable characters, romance, action, snark and everything else that makes this a 5 st ...more
Jul 29, 2009 Jessica rated it really liked it
I liked this book better than Storm Glass, the first book of her other series. I was captivated from the beginning by the action and the strong heroine, Yelena.
Mary Ann
Feb 11, 2009 Mary Ann rated it liked it
While it didn't completely pull me in until near the end - when I couldn't put it down until I finished it - I enjoyed this book. It is definitely an adult book - not a YA book. I will continue the series to see what happens. I'd give it about 3.5 stars.
Jan 23, 2009 Mariah rated it it was amazing
Not in St Paul, in Mpls, other 2 in St Paul, along w/ Storm Glass & sea glass. Got from Northtown in Blaine- will read after Farthest Shore.
Apr 09, 2009 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy
Read my review on my Haiku Amy blog.
Jun 09, 2009 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jun 03, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clarissa Asha
Mar 04, 2012 Clarissa Asha rated it it was amazing
Sep 23, 2011 DeAnn rated it it was amazing
Jul 12, 2009 Candace rated it it was amazing
Aug 04, 2009 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aug 17, 2009 KIKA rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lovelies
Feb 14, 2009 Jason marked it as to-read
Sep 09, 2009 Vickie marked it as to-read
Deborah Blake
Dec 05, 2009 Deborah Blake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aug 02, 2010 Hilary rated it it was amazing
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