Antion is a beautiful kingdom ruled by a tyrant. Alex and Marcel are two of the elite guards for the crown prince, Damian. The story follows Alex's journey through meetings with rebels, attacks by jaguars, fights with sorcerers, and being captured by the army of Blevon (the neighboring kingdom with which Antion is at war). Each day brings new dangers and reveals more secrets. Everyone has secrets to protect - Alex and Marcel, their fellow guard Rylan, the prince, the king's adviser, even the rebel sent to assassinate the prince. As Alex follows the prince's orders, buried truths come to light and relationships shift. Who really murdered the queen and the prince's brother? Which army was the dark sorcerer a part of who killed Alex and Marcel's parents? Readers will be trying to unravel all the conspiracies along with Alex.
For those who like swords and sorcery fantasy with lots of intrigue, this is the beginning of an exciting series. This is not a children's book, but is definitely for older readers due to some of the atrocities committed by the evil king. Readers who like strong characters such as the contestants in the Hunger Games will find Alex another worthy protagonist.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. The book was published January 7, 2014.