Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen hates the spotlight. But as the only daughter in the most powerful tech family in the galaxy, it’s hard to escape it. So when a group of men show up at her house uninvited, she assumes it’s just the usual media-grubs. That is, until shots are fired.
Liddi escapes, only to be pulled into an interplanetary conspiracy more complex than she ever could have imagined. Her older brothers have been caught as well, trapped in the conduits between the planets. And when their captor implants a device in Liddi’s vocal cords to monitor her speech, their lives are in her hands: One word and her brothers are dead.
Desperate to save her family from a desolate future, Liddi travels to another world, where she meets the one person who might have the skills to help her bring her eight brothers home-a handsome dignitary named Tiav. But without her voice, Liddi must use every bit of her strength and wit to convince Tiav that her mission is true. With the tenuous balance of the planets deeply intertwined with her brothers’ survival, just how much is Liddi willing to sacrifice to bring them back?
Haunting and mesmerizing, this retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Wild Swans strings the heart of the classic with a stunning, imaginative world as a star-crossed family fights for survival in this companion to Stitching Snow.
This book was a lot better than I thought it was going to be. I kept myself from reading to many reviews and I am so glad that I did.
The author’s writing style was so beautiful. Gave you enough description without going overboard, and really made all of the worlds jump to life. Every character was so unique, and had depth to them. I really want to point out that Tiav was great. There isn’t an insta-love thing going on. Which is great!!! And he acts like a normal person. He gets angry, sad, frustrated, and happy. He isn’t some perfect man who just swoops to the rescue. That earned major brownie points.
Liddi is a great strong female main character, with a few normal flaws thrown in. It is always a great feeling when you can sympathize and relate to any character, and that it just what this book did for me with Liddi. She is just so normal; fighting to save the most important thing in her life, her brothers. But not only does she have to outsmart a certain back stabbing character (I don’t want to spoil it), but she has to do it from a planet she has never been to. Then lets top that off with not being able to talk really makes this difficult. But the way the author makes everything work so well really sold this book for me.
The only thing that kept this book from being 5 stars was that it was hard to keep track of everything concerning the Khuna. But, that was probably more me than the book.
Thank you NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.