Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison...
About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.
And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.
As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear...
Having heard such great things about Snyder’s books over the years I wanted to finally dive into the copy of her work that I had.
I liked the beginning of this book because it set a up a nice world for the reader to dive into. I’m always a huge fan of castles and that feeling that goes with a story that takes place in stone walls. Of course these stories usually have a great blend of history, war, romance, and court intrigue. I felt that right away this book stepped a little outside of the mold and I really enjoyed that. It isn’t often that we start a story with the main character already in trouble and possibly headed to the gallows for something we know nothing about. I liked the grunge and dirt of the beginning of the story.
I do have to say that I really had trouble connecting with the story after that. I felt like there was a lot of talk of poisons and people but we didn’t really get specifics of characters or even a general sense of how characters were feeling throughout this story. I felt that we don’t even connect well with our main characters, Yelena and Valek. I felt Yelena walked around the story sort of in a daze and she didn’t really have that much personality. I also felt that Valek was a better character than her but that was just because he was an unsolved mystery to us. Honestly the two characters I liked the most were secondary characters to the whole thing, Janco and Ari. Janco and Ari provided the comic relief to the story and that was a big help when the story was so slow moving and the main characters didn’t have much personality. If it weren’t for Janco and Ari I would not have made it through the middle section of this story.
The ending of the story brought a bit of excitement and I started to finally feel more connected and of course that is when the story ends. So I feel like now I would like to know more even though I didn’t really love this one. I’m torn. Overall, I’m not sure I would recommend this one. I felt the story was bland and took a long time to feel like anything was actually happening. Personally I’m a character driven reader so when there are no great characters it makes it really hard for me to invest myself and my time.