Johanna and her family are circus performers. They live a simple and enjoyable life...until Jo's father is killed. They are immediately kicked out of their Circus troupe and are forced to fend for themselves whilst mourning the loss of a husband and father. When Johanna goes hunting, she is beaten to a pulp by Lord Rafi. Then she is taken to his estate where she finds out he beat her up by mistake (oops.) As part of his debt to her, he hires her to storyspin for his guests. Little did Rafi and his mother know that Johanna's introduction would cause quite the stir among nobles, for she looks mysteriously like a dead princess. Hmm. Oh, and there's war coming on another as well. Hooray.
On the other side are the Keepers. Some magic wall thing that isn't really that well described has come down as the heir that keeps the wall up has moved too far from the wall. A group of keepers set out to find the missing heir (gee, I wonder who that could be), protect them, and bring them back.
The whole multiple POV thing just really didn't work. It wasn't necessary and really took away from the story rather than enrich it. I'd have said stick to four POVs at max and even that was pushing it. Rafi, Johanna's and a member of the Keepers would have been enough.
Also, nothing exciting really happens till about the last 50 pages. My last complaint is that I don't understand how Rafi and Johanna went from hating each other to loving each other. it was abrupt and didn't make sense.
I enjoyed the story. However be warned that the romance is slow-burning, as is the plot. Really, there weren't any twists. You totally knew where the story was going, and I really didn't get the ridiculously long played hostility between Rafi and Johanna. Nevertheless, It was interesting to see how everything play out and how careful people had to be with their words. I'll definitely pick up the next book, but there's just really not much to say. It was, for lack of a better description. An ordinarily good book.