Since early childhood, Eliza has lived with the princess, heir to the throne, as her companion and best friend. In this protected environment, she has even had training in the use of her magic talents,which might have gotten her killed in the outside world; magic is out of favor. But now she has been torn away from her royal friend by a war, and must find her way in the world by herself. She has to learn who she is, what she can do, and what choices she must make, while concealing her identity and her magical talents. It is, in a way, a coming of age story in a world of danger and betrayal and enchantment, and it is a delight to watch the character grow and become more than she was -- something that the author is particularly good at in her books.
I'm always gleeful, downloading a book by Lazette Gifford, knowing that I have on my reader something I look forward to reading.
(reviewed 32 days after purchase)