Author: Sara Holland
Laura’s rating: 5 stars
Daniela’s rating: 5 stars
In the land of Sempera, time is extracted from blood and used as payment. Jules Ember and her father were once servants at Everless, the wealthy Gerling family’s estate, but were cast out after of a fateful accident a decade ago. Now, Jules’s father is reaching his last hour, and she will do anything to save him. Desperate to earn time, she arrives at the palace as it prepares for a royal wedding, ready to begin her search into childhood secrets that she once believed to be no more than myths. As she uncovers lost truths, Jules spirals deeper into a past she hardly recognizes, and faces an ancient and dangerous foe who threatens her future and the future of time itself.
THIS BOOK. After reading a bunch of crap this year I finally stumbled upon a gem, the story is so rich and unique it blew my pants off.
Jules lives with her Papa, in a tiny town far from Everless, the fortress of the Gerling’s aka the rulers. She hunts to be able to get time, in this case time is currency, it can be added or subtracted from a person in the means of blood. How? Magic.
People are lining up in tents to get their blood drawn, made into coins, to be able to pay for rent or food. And in Everless the high rankings are extending their existence by diluting said currency in wine, some living hundreds of years. Is that fair? I don’t think so, neither does Jules.
Papa gets sick, so Jules decides to go to Everless for work, gain some time to heal Papa and pay their debts.
The mystery begins, Papa is against Jules going away, because of the queen, but why? Jules had a relationship when she was a kid with two nobles Roan and Liam, the first one a heavy crush for her and getting ready to marry the future queen. Liam pushes her away, treats her like shit, but why? Something is fishy. So much mystery, I formed literally like 5 possible outcomes and none of them became true. I was just hooked in the story.
“Maybe I am a mystery— a secret— that needs unravelling…”
I’m very much into this series and I can’t wait for the next installment.
Oh sweet baby jesus.
This book was SO GOOD and I thought it was a standalone and halfway through it I find out that NO, and that I have to wait until NEXT YEAR TO READ THE SECOND BOOK OF THE SERIES. Why does this keep happening? Ugh.
Seriously, this book completely exceeded my expectations, since I was just going into it with the blurb, nothing else. And it delivered awesomely.
So, we have this new world, Sempera where people pay not with money, but with time, made out of blood iron. What is that, you ask? Well, people draw blood and by it they take your time, days, months, years. And then, we have this high rank family, the Gerlings, who of course manages to extend their awesome lives by taking these coins and diluting them into their drinks, so they manage to live hundreds of years while the people they’re taking it from are dying.
That sucks, right?
Well, you don’t need to tell that to Jules and her Papa.
The story itself was confusing at first, but once you got the hang of it, it got more and more interesting with every turn of the pages. You have to pay attention so you get the full idea of this new concept and what it means for those people, to pay with time. There’s this whole mystery around everything and everyone. There’s a queen that doesn’t like to be touched, not by anyone. There’s a Gerling son that everyone knows is the worst of them all, he’s evil and cunning… but doesn’t seem to do anything to mark him as such. And there are all these characters you can’t seem to trust, so what’s that about? I just couldn’t put it down.
Ok so, we have Jules, who’s this fierce girl who’s known how dangerous and mean and evil the Gerlings are. She hates them and what they represent. But that wasn’t the case when she was growing up along side them, playing and telling stories with the kids that lived in Everless, including the Gerlings’ kids themselves. Until one day, she couldn’t live there anymore. She’s fierce and knows how shitty and unfair life is. But it is what it is, and she has to make the best out of everything. She lives with her Papa, who is getting sicker and sicker by the minute after giving so much of his time to pay for his debts and rent and food. So, she knows there’s nothing she can do to save him other than going back to that place and gaining some time for him, even if her Papa hates her for it.
Then we have the Gerlings brothers. One seems to be the kindest of all the Gerlings, he helps people, as much as he can, but doesn’t really like to get to the bottom of things. I felt he was just willingly blind to the awfulness of what he’s family’s done over the years. Then we have the other brother who you’d think would do anything without a care in the world, but then he has these small moments in which he makes you doubt everything you believed to be true. I believe both brothers give something important to the story and they’re going to play a huge part in the second book. Or at least I hope so.
Well, there’s not much of it in this book, but then again, if there was, we might have been sidetracked. This story has this huge background we need to understand before we get all distracted with pretty eyes and swooning words. I truly believe it was the beginning of something epic, or I want it to be something epic in the second book because it has all the potential for it. I hope it doesn’t disappoint.
I simply CAN NOT WAIT to read the next book.
It’s The Cruel Prince all over again.