Synopsis: THEIR ARRIVAL WAS FORETOLD FOR YEARS . . .
Andriana is a Remnant, gifted as an empath and one of the Ailith, destined to act as humanity’s last shield against the horrors that now plague those who remain.
After years of training in stealth and warfare, Andriana and her Knight protector, Ronan, are finally ready to answer the Call and begin the life they were designed for. But as they embark with the other Remnants on the first of their assignments, they quickly discover that the world beyond their protected Valley is more dangerous than they imagined.
The Sons of Sheol will stop at nothing to prevent Dri and Ronan from rescuing anyone sympathetic to the Remnants’ cause. And as the Remnants battle the demonic forces, still other enemies close in. Dangers intensity, but so do Dri’s feelings for Ronan–the one emotion she is not meant to feel. In the midst of their mission, Andriana must find a way to master her feelings. Or risk compromising everything . . .
Violence is peppered throughout the book in battle scenes which, more often than not, leads to wounds and death. The struggles include swords being stabbed and slicing off heads, arrows being shot through hearts and throats, and brawling with bare hands. Mentions of torture (and evidence of blood seen), of death penalties that include burning, placing heads on pikes, hangings, impaling, and someone being cut apart, piece by piece.
Dri loves Ronan, and after longing for it the whole book, they finally kiss (described in detail). Talk of beauty and attraction. Some societies encountered value woman only for slaves and bearing children; mention of molesting and harems. Polygamy is encountered; as well as one not being ‘settled down’ even after marriage. At a banquet, Adriana is forced to attend the master. The master and his friends kiss and touch the other girls freely; someone drags his hand up Dri’s leg to her hips.
Kidnappers get drunk on whiskey. Wine is drunk. Someone drugs the wine, but the attempt fails in producing expected results.
Dri and her companions act outside the law, as it is corrupt. They seek to find their Prince and to establish him as the rightful king; therefore bringing about a revolution.
They pray to the Maker; the chosen ones are given divine gifts from the Maker and in order to enhance those gifts, are entered into service through a ceremony with tongues of fire. There’s the presence of angelic and demonic beings. There’s a monastery with monks.
Mentions of Greek mythology; Castor and Pollux, Zeus and his indiscretions
The Emperor advocates a religion, a ‘way of life’, that seeks harmony as a way to peace, that prays to no deity and that holds humans as stewards and conduits of energy.
Overall feel: For a Christian dystopian, this book may just make you uncomfortable; as a young adult dystopian, it may just be a fast-paced, suspense-filled, action-packed book. Through the dark and the depression of the novel, you also find the light and the hope; however, a lot of the book may seem a little spiritually unstable and may result in unease.