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A murky past. A forbidden love. A deathly power.

When the river spits Umbra onto its bank, naked and shivering, the only clue to her identity is the arcane brand seared into her skin. A brand hunted by both a murderous necromancer and a handsome stranger. A brand that thrusts Umbra into a simmering conflict between the ascendant Clans and the nomadic Gherza. A brand that ma
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Paperback, 402 pages
Published May 1st 2016 by Ganache Media
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Julian White
I received this as a free book from the publisher (Ganache Media) via The Reading Room.

The narrative, told in alternating chapters entitled NOW and THEN and set in different timelines in two different though connected cultures. It is apparent early on that the earlier events are connected to the NOW strand, in which a naked amnesiac woman, with unusually sensitive skin (though that detail isn't dwelt on) drags herself from a river and is given shelter by the local Clan Lord. She gives herself th
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Alison Miller
Apr 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: insta-love
I won an advanced reading copy of this book through The Reading Room.

This book is arranged into "Then" and "Now" chapters that alternate, the "Now" chapters telling the story of a girl who has lost her memory, and the "Then" chapters giving glimpses into her past. Honestly, I was pretty skeptical of the overdone "person with amnesia" plot, but it turned out to be pretty interesting. That is, until the middle of the book or so, when the "Now" chapters got to be a bit boring and I really had to dr
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Maryann
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed this story! The chapters are split into two different time periods, Now and Then in which some of the characters are tied to each other. The Now follows a girl who has amnesia and her adventure to find out where she belongs. I loved all the characters and the places and the storyline. It had magic, love, friendship, families, vengeance and adventure.

I received this book from the author for an honest review in the Read It and Reap group.
Beautifulday4makeup The-book-and-Me
I received this ebook in exchange for an honest review. I started this book in the morning and it is already finished. That means that I loved this book. The story is quick paced and surprising. I loved reading it
Yashima
May 05, 2016 rated it liked it
I saw this book on Scalzi's blog in his big idea series. What the author had to say sounded quite intriguing.

This is a a modern, somewhat dark fantasy with which was definitely not a waste of time or money. I am however undecided about my recommendation. It's not a bad book: The ideas are good. The writing is good. I liked the protagonists. But the setting remained a bit bland to me, and I just didn't enjoy the ending and thus closed the book feeling as if it didn't deliver.

The story is set in
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Madelon
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am enamored with beautiful language because it has cadence, because it flows. "… to whom did the shod horses belong?" Not, 'who did the horses without shoes belong to?' There is a reason that language has rules, and in those rules lies the treasure of the avid reader.

Although this book contains many chapters, there are only two chapter names: "Now" and "Then." Telling a tale In this way, where the past and the present are on a collision course is not an easy thing to do. I would say that Katri
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J. Else
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I won a review copy of this book via "The Reading Room." This is an unbiased review.

Completely absorbing read. I loved the intricate plotlines and characters. I could not guess Umbra's former identity until it was revealed by the author - you get it narrowed down, but don't quite know until the last couple scenes! The pace of the story was fast and gripping. It was hard to put this book down at night.

A few times in the narrative, the character movements were not well-choreographed. In one instan
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Elaine Aldred
May 07, 2016 rated it liked it
A mysterious woman with no memory is found naked, apart from a brand seared into her skin, on the bank of a river. It is not long before she is involved in a conflict between two communities, each vying for supremacy. She is the key to whether one triumphs over the other, or has the potential to destroy everything everyone holds dear.
Told in ‘Then’ and ‘Now’ chapters, two stories run parallel to each other. The ‘Then’ is of the strong bonds formed between two girls Kairiya and Jezarel who are on
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CommonBookSense
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Where do I even begin?? This book was such an amazing read. It pulled me in right from the cover, and I couldn't wait until I finished the post for the day so I could hole myself up and get lost in the pages...You know a book is good when you have to get up to do something and you try to PAUSE the book! I did that after the first TWO chapters! The book is so immersive and makes you ask all these questions. One question gets answered with another question, so you're constantly guessing, but you'r ...more
C.A. Craven
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I got this book through a GoodReads giveaway. It's probably something I would have picked up in the bookstore, so I feel lucky to have gotten a free copy :)

And it's good! I like the then/now format of storytelling - no spoilers, but the 'now' main character has amnesia, so it gets very dramatic as she (and we) try to figure out how the 'then' story meets up with 'now'. I could have done with a little more world-building, but I could follow the story without much trouble. Overall, a really good s
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Amy Shannon
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Gripping.

I was pulled in immediately, especially when the first line says "I wish I could remember why I hate myself." Written in first person, and third person, running from "then" and "now" gives the reader an interesting insight into the character. I had to ask myself, "Why would someone hate themselves, especially when they don't remember their own name?" I really enjoyed this book, especially after I realized the relevance of "now" and "then." This is the first book I've read by Archer and
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Bryan Ewert
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The book opens with the main character awakening without a memory of her past, which is a fine setup. But I grew tired of the monologue being nothing but questions. "Who am I?" "Where am I from?" "Where am I going?" "Who is this person?" "Should I trust them?" And because the characters were obviously linked from both sides of the story, I never knew who I should be rooting for. Should I sympathize with this person? Should I loathe them? More questions.
Amber
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I truly enjoyed this book. At first I didn't think I liked how it alternated between "Then" and "Now" but by the end I understood why it was like that. Things started to coinside with each other. This was a great fantasy book, exactly what I was dying to read. It was unlike any story I have ever read before as well, very refreshing. It left me wanting more!

I received this book via goodreads giveaway, and in exchange this is my honest, unbiased review.
San-Pei Lee
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
In this naturalistic fantasy, the author seamlessly interweaves past and present storylines, which keeps the reader guessing as to the true relationships between the characters. A bit dark in content, but light to read, this was a delightful story. However, there could have been more development of the present culture, such as the significance of trees and the conflict it created between the Clans and Gherza tribe.
Deanna
Jul 08, 2016 rated it liked it
I hesitated between three and four stars for this. The prose was lovely without getting in the way of the story itself. The story was compelling. The only real quibble I have is a bit spoilery, so I'll refrain.

But I liked this, and if the author continues in this genre (fantasy with some light romance), I'll probably read more by her.
Katie-Jane Hall
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received the book from the author through a goodreads giveaway.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book from the beginning to the end.

here's my full, spoiler free book review. (https://booklovingpandablog.wordpress...)
Tracy
This was ok. It started of well and ended well...but I got a bit bogged down in the middle. I didn't care for the love story...I couldn't figure out why Umbra thought she was in love with Fayne, she barely knew him. Jezarel was just just annoying most of the time.
Coral Thunberg
Totally not for me. I felt like I was punishing myself when I tried to force myself to trudge on through this book.
Kim
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I received this book from a Good Reads give-away...LOVED the book! You will not be disappointed.
TJ Burns
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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