Odessa is a necromancer that is in love with her partner, Evander. They both have blue eyes which is a characteristic for necromancers. No one else can bring back the dead. In Karthia, they don’t believe in change. So they keep bringing back their leaders/royalty from the dead to rule again and again. The dead that are brought back must be covered in a shroud. If any part of them is seen, they turn into a shade. The shades are basically monsters. They have no control and will eat anyone around them. As they eat, they become bigger and faster. The necromancers have to fight together to kill a shade using fire. But something is happening and there are more shades than normal. They almost seem organized and even work together. Some of the royal family starts to go missing, too. Something isn’t right and Odessa has to figure out what is going on.
So much happens that I don’t want to ruin for anyone who hasn’t read this yet. I loved all the other characters from the book and there was a decent amount of diversity. Odessa also deals with addiction for awhile and I thought that was such an important storyline and appropriate for this point of time. So many kids and adults are dealing with addiction problems and I really appreciated it being a part of a fantasy storyline.
This book does have some talk of sex, but never anything graphic. I actually liked that Odessa was bisexual and comfortable with her sexuality. There was no slut shaming and she did end up with multiple people pretty close together.
One of the characters I adored for Valoria. She is the princess and while she loves her family, she does want things to change. She invents things and tries to find ways to improve Karthia. But she has to keep it quiet because change is something that is not even brought up. She was sweet and strong.
I also loved Danial. He is a healer and is dating Simeon, another necromancer. Their relationship was really sweet. Honestly, I really liked most of the characters in the book.
Sarah created a really interesting world that I can’t wait to read more about.
most characters are easy to like
kind of creepy