A divided nation. Four Queens. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them.
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These are the words Keralie Corrington lives by as the preeminent dipper in the Concord, the central area uniting the four quadrants of Quadara. She steals under the guidance of her mentor Mackiel, who runs a black market selling their bounty to buyers desperate for what they can’t get in their own quarter. For in the nation of Quadara, each quarter is strictly divided from the other. Four queens rule together, one from each region:
Toria: the intellectual quarter that values education and ambition
Ludia: the pleasure quarter that values celebration, passion, and entertainment
Archia: the agricultural quarter that values simplicity and nature
Eonia: the futurist quarter that values technology, stoicism and harmonious community
When Keralie intercepts a comm disk coming from the House of Concord, what seems like a standard job goes horribly wrong. Upon watching the comm disks, Keralie sees all four queens murdered in four brutal ways. Hoping that discovering the intended recipient will reveal the culprit – information that is bound to be valuable bartering material with the palace – Keralie teams up with Varin Bollt, the Eonist messenger she stole from, to complete Varin’s original job and see where it takes them.
Although I only got to read a preview of this book, the first few chapters were captivating and exciting. This world seems so unique and interesting I really want to see how Astrid Scholte builds on the interesting characters and the world she has introduced us to.
Keralie is such a great character. She’s sassy, funny and clever. I love how her character built in the first few chapters. Although we briefly meet the queens, their characters will play a much greater role in the overall plot. I hope to see more of Keralie though, as she is already a favorite.
The story starts off with an exciting action scene that left me with so many questions. The plot is going to be an exciting story. There are so many questions to be answered and I guess I will have to wait to buy the book to get all the answers I need.
Such an interesting story line arises in the first few chapters. It was intriguing and interesting to read.
This sneak peak ended on a cliff hanger and I can’t wait to see what Astrid Scholte does with the interesting world and great characters she introduced us to. I can’t wait for the publication date so I can buy and read the rest of this exciting book.
Happy Reading !