Kyra has always been drawn to the magic of spellpages. She is determined to leave her small village far behind and become a scribe, wielding the power of magic through her pen. Halfway through her training, she has a mage as patron and her ambitions are within her grasp. But a simple favour for her sister goes disastrously awry, destroying Kyra’s dreams in an instant.
Devastated, she accepts an offer from a stranger to help her find out what went wrong. The young man sees growing power within Kyra, potentially stronger than spellpages or any living mage. The answers to unlocking that power may lie within the glowing walls of the Imperial City, but its magic is strong and the unwary vanish without trace on its streets. Thirsty for knowledge and desperate to avoid another accident, she feels compelled to risk it.
While she focuses on controlling her abilities, a storm of greed and ambition boils up around her. Kyra is a pawn in the struggle for dominance between unscrupulous factions vying for rule of her country.
Trusting the wrong side could get her killed—or worse, the potent magic she barely understands could be put to unthinkable evil.
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I enjoyed this book. A !of of thought went in to this magical world of bennamore and it makes a rich backdrop for this blend of fantasy and coming of age story. The romantic elements feel fresh and interesting and adds a bit of depth to the colourful cast of character. Every chapter is an effortless read and I quickly found myself immersed in Kyra’s story eager to see what would happen next. Whilst I did find the moments of combat a little underwhelming there’s surprisingly few scenes from start to finish where the mages show off their fiery skills however it didn’t stop this from being an engrossing read form start to finish