Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Raisa is a slave in the kingdom of Qilara. Bough by force at a young age she has worked for the palace her entire life, that is, until the last tutor dies and a new one is needed. Raisa lives in a world where reading is a privilege. The highest forms of writing and reading are only known to the royal family, and the royal tutor. The lower form is known to masters and nobles. Slaves, of course, are forbidden to know how to read and write.
What happens when Raisa becomes to the tutor and a forbidden romance starts between her and Prince Mati. All the while, the resistance seeks to overthrow the power of the Monarchy and they want Raisa to help pave the way, going against her beloved.
This was a good standalone book. Not really sure what I expected going into this book. I definitely wanted something like Air Awakens by Elise Kova. I KNEW BETTER THAN TO EXPECT THAT, but I wanted it anyway. Alas, I digress...like I said, it was a good standalone. I'm glad there were no sequels because it was a solid read just the way it was. Everything was tied up neatly with nothing overly hunky dory, the ending I always fear when reading a standalone.
Raisa was a character who grew from a ignorant young girl too a willful and powerful young lady. The decisions she and Prince Mati have to make are not easy. The lessons they learn are numerous with probably writing being the easiest and trust being the hardest.
I great read for anyone looking for a quick-light dypstopia with plenty of romance that isn't annoying.
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