by Ellen Renner
Part of the Tribute series
Betrayed by her own father, Zara has waited years for revenge, and will stop at nothing to get itWhat if your greatest enemy was yourself?Zara is a mage, one of the elite in a world where magic is power, and the non-magical majority are oppressed and enslaved.
When her Tribute slave and best friend is killed for the crime of literacy, Zara vows revenge by spying for the rebel Knowledge Seekers.
But her bravery and magical skill are tested to the limit when a hostage from the other side of the Wall arrives at her palazzo.
Sensing a kindred spirit, she promises to help him - but before she can, her secret is discovered.
Hunted by her own kind, she must convince the Knowledge Seekers she is really on their side.
But can she convince herself? Pain, romance, defiance and revenge combine in this powerfully written - and breathtakingly envisioned - YA fantasy.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Hot Key Books
- Publication Date: 06/03/2014
- ISBN: 9781471400315
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Review by KatherineB729
After winning this as a First Read giveaway on Goodreads, I held off it... This was a stupid decision as I read through it quickly, always desperate to read on. Cannot wait for Outcaste to come out so that I can read it!
Review by wyvernfriend
While there we some moments that were a bit slow and I found got in the way of the story, mostly this was an excellent read.Zara is both privileged and not, her father is chief mage and his ruthlessness makes people step carefully around her. He is ruthless with her as well and he is disappointed by how she isn't his clone. She was traumatised by the death of her slave, Swift, who was killed for the crime of literacy. The mages have kept slaves, tributes, for years and they're treated appallingly.Zara rebels and finds fellow rebels that can help but survival becomes important, her choices will have consequences and she's determined to work as hard as she can on fixing things so that she feels that she has used her talents in less selfish ways.Interesting and entertaining.