Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review in any way and the thoughts expressed are my own.
A new dystopian that promises a murder mystery in a world divided into four sections. When the four queens are murdered, unthinkable to the society, the people are shocked and clueless. Now desperate for answers the people of Quadara must figure out who the culprit is while deciding on new queens. The four sections are strictly separated; Archia, the hard-working, Luddite farmers; Eonia, inventors of advanced technology and medicine; Toria, the traders who transport goods between quadrants; Ludia, the heart of fashion and art.
There were two points of view from two queens; Iris from Archian and Corra, queen of Eonia. It was intriguing to see the difference in beliefs and approaches from the unique sections. I was fascinated to find out what happened in their day to day lives and what lead up to their murders. While being Queen may sound like a luxurious dream to many of us, in this world it was more of a prison, they weren’t even able to leave the palace! In fact, being in prison would have given them more freedom.
Keralie, who appears to be the story’s main character, is a Torian who makes a living by stealing valuables from other quadrants. From what we learn from her flashbacks, Keralie started just like any other Torian trader; sailing from one section to another, transporting goods with her parents. Something horrible must have happened to land her in the underbelly of Torian society. Now working for Mackiel, a young man not much older than her, she’s one of his best thieves (though everyone else just thinks she warms his bed). Mackiel sells the goods at his auction house, and Keralie can hardly wait to see what her greatest theft will get, but when the auction to goes to hell so does her life.
The relationship between Mackiel and Keralie is friendly and flirty. It’s clear there’s something between them but over the past few years Mackiel has been troubled, and his interest in her has waned. He’d saved her from the gutter, and it’s clear she feels indebted to him and even has feelings of her own for him. I enjoyed their banter, they reminded me of many good YA couples like Alina and Mal (Shadow & Bone) or Clary and Jace (The Mortal Instruments but with less angst). I hope they get together but whatever is troubling Mackiel is obviously going to be a problem, even disregarding the events of the auction.
The segregation of belief/ interests reminded me of Divergent, and I was even more intrigued when I read the rest of the blurb. I loved this sneak peek and have definitely put this book to the top of my TBR! I give this sneak peek 4/5 and have high hopes for the rest of the book.