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.
In a magical world where loyal ninja-like warriors called taigas serve and protect the Empress, four friends must rebel against orders to protect their country. Sora, aka Spirit, and her bonded partner Daemon, aka Wolf, discover a horrific plot to overthrow the Empress and wage war on the entire world. Feary and Broomstick, another bonded pair, help support their friends and their crazy plan.
Daemon has feelings for Sora, the kind a gemina isn’t supposed to have for their partner. He tries to hide his emotions from her especially as the danger increases. This forbidden magically bonded relationship reminded me of Emma and Julian in FFFF. A star-crossed lovers story with a rigid and potentially extremely complicated and dangerous reason provided more intrigue than a simple forbidden romance tends to.
Sora and Daemon were both incredibly strong characters but still had different enough personalities to be interesting. Sora is the epitome of a rebel, who has a tragic family history which fuels her determination to be better, to be more. I loved watching her deal with the few huge surprises she had to deal with on her own. Daemon was raised by wolves and as such still retains the animalist impulses. He had a unique perspective and was compassionate, kind and determined to support his gemina and defeat their deadly enemy. Together they are an unstoppable team with an unbreakable bond and any who stands against them is in for one hell of a fight.
I loved the surprise villain; they provided a unique conflict of magics and moral views. Seeing our main four, so young and practically by themselves, try to stand up to this incredibly powerful enemy was inspiring. To be as brave as any one of them would be very difficult and an aspiration for everyone. This book had so many twists and turns it had me reeling!
This was an awesome book and really blew my expectations out of the water. I am dying for the next one, especially with the fantastic reveal and cliff hanger at the end! I give it 5/5.