Words are the most dangerous weapon of all...Seventeen-year-old Charlaina knows she has exceptional but perilous powers.
In the far future, in a land controlled by an aged and ruthless queen, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak.
Even acknowledging a member of the ruling class while they are speaking their native tongue is punishable by death.
Charlie can understand all languages, a secret she must protect to stay alive.
When she meets the alluringly handsome Max, who speaks in a language she hasn't heard before, she is intensely attracted to him.
Max believes that Charlie is the key to something bigger and he pledges to protect her.
But as war descends, can she trust him?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Allison & Busby
- Publication Date: 26/03/2012
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780749011857
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Review by wyvernfriend
In a world where language divides people, everyone speaks a common language but there's a specific language for each caste and under pain of death you have to look away and not acknowledge their speech. Over all of this is a queen, who is aging and has no heir. In this world is Charlaina or Charlie who can understand all languages, including written ones (pause for a moment for how jealous I am of that skill).She meets Max and her life changes forever, as does the life of the people in her world.There were times that this didn't quite work for me but overall it was a very interesting read, I'm curious about what's going to happen next and what's going to happen to her sister and her family. The end left me wanting more.