Publication Date: April 28th 2020
My Rating: 5/5
From the moment the first settler dug a well and struck a lode of shine, the world changed. Now, everything revolves around that magical oil.
What began as a simple scouting expedition becomes a life-changing ordeal for Arlen Esco. The son of a powerful mogul, Arlen is kidnapped and forced to confront uncomfortable truths his father has kept hidden. In his hands lies a decision that will determine the fate of everyone he loves—and impact the lives of every person in Shine Territory.
The daughter of an infamous saboteur and outlaw, Cassandra has her own dangerous secrets to protect. When the lives of those she loves are threatened, she realizes that she is uniquely placed to change the balance of power in Shine Territory once and for all.
Secrets breed more secrets. Somehow, Arlen and Cassandra must find their own truths in the middle of a garden of lies.
Things I Liked
- I don’t usually care for beautiful poetic prose, if anything sometimes for me, it makes the understanding of what the author is trying to say, harder. And yet, this is the first time that the prose actually sucked me right into the story and didn’t let me go.
- Such a unique story and story telling, with an interesting world that although you don’t dive to deep into it is described beautifully and immerses you in it.
- LGBTQ+ rep done right. The sexuality/gender is just another layer of the characters and not what defines them.
- I like the western setting on the story.
- The relationship and the complexity of them are depicted is such an amazing way. All characters are unique, with so many layers that you get to peal throughout the story.
Things I didn’t like
- This is a personal preference but, I do not like first-person narrative. And when you witch between first and third person it was jarring for me, and also I don’t really understand the reason behind it.
- I would like to have learned maybe more about the Shine and why it affects some people and others no, but maybe this is for the next book.
Things worth noticing
- This is a slow character driven story, but trust me you can’t put down the book. If you are looking for adventure, battles and rich magic system, this is not for you.
- It’s going to break your heart into tiny little pieces and the hurt you some more.
Overall, it was a beautiful, heartbreaking read.