Hexborn. Abomination. Unclean. Young Shiloh knows exactly what she is. She just refuses to let that stop her. Her illness might make her an outcast, but her broken body hides great magical power. And she intends to make the most of it.
Silas, the king’s ruthless fixer, seeks to use that power to preserve the uneasy peace the kingdom has enjoyed since the end of the Siblings’ War. Silas hauls Shiloh from her mountain village to the wizard academy at the king’s court, where magic and political intrigue conspire to create danger around every corner.
Can this child of war save the peace? Or will old sins rise to threaten Shiloh, Silas, and the kingdom of Bryn?
One of the best fantasy stories I've read!
The cover alone called me to grab this book - absolutely gorgeous! Shiloh's story hooked me from the first page with action and questions, and without being burdened with too much backstory (this was deftly fused into the story). A first rate YA fantasy story with superb and seamless world building. The characterization was in depth and I empathized strongly with Shiloh. Clever plot elements enhanced this royal tale of bigotry, court intrigue, and treason. Witchcraft at its best and richly deserving of all five stars! Loved it and I will soon be reading, Unclean, book 2, in the series.