Emma meets Robin Hood in this antebellum-esque historical fantasy set in the same fantasy world as A Gift of Poison.
Verity Elysius is the only daughter of a famous retired general and rich plantation owner. She lives in an insulated world of wealth and privilege, where she spends her time riding her horse, sassing her lady's companion, and being tormented by the family's handsome but irritating nobleman friend, Lord Roth. But when a mysterious, masked vigilante called the Hawk begins stirring up trouble and freeing silvras, the oppressed lower class, Verity's world is turned upside down as she is challenged about everything she knows about her world and her place in it.
I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I loved all of Kate Avery Ellison's other books, so I immediately wanted to read this book! This isn't my all-time favorite book from her, but it's still a wonderful book and I really enjoyed reading it!
This book takes place in a fantasy world similar to a historical version of our society. Verity comes from a rich family and lives a wealthy life. It's when a unknown person called Hawk begins to attack various rich plantations and free the servants (who are essentially slaves) that Verity begins to realize the lives of the lower class.
Kate Avery Ellison always does a great of merging different genres together. This book is a fantasy book, but has a strong historical feeling to it. I know a lot of fantasy books have historical aspects to them, but most of them are more Middle Ages feel and have magic and whatnot. This book has more of an 1800's vibe and it's main fantasy aspect is the different countries and people, not magic. Doesn't make it any less fantasy, in fact, the whole world in this book was very well-developed. Also, we got a feel of the world through Verity, so no big info-dumps!
As for the plot, this book was so interesting. I don't know, I was so invested in this book, I didn't want to put it down! This book wasn't exactly fast-paced, but it's so riveting!
As for characters, Verity is a great main character. She goes through a lot of growth in this book. She awakens to what is going on and it changes her. I liked how she wanted to help and change what was going on, though she was powerless to help. Also, she's a girl with fierceness in her, which is supposed to be improper with girls in her society, but it only gives her more strength and makes an even more fabulous character.
As for romance, there was some, but it wasn't as developed as I thought it should be. It wasn't bad though, no insta-love or triangles here. In fact, it included a trope I love. It just didn't feel like it was entirely developed.
Overall, I enjoyed this book! It's a wonderful standalone and I had such a hard time putting it down! I strongly recommend reading this book and any other books written by Kate Avery Ellison! She's a wonderful author and I look forward to reading more from her!
Meaning: It was amazing!