Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is shunned in her society. Why? Because although born into a family that is part of the Luminate, powerful magic users, she does not have any ability to use magic. But when she breaks her sister’s spell, unintentionally, she is exiled to her family’s once powerful home, Hungary.
Isolated from everything she has known, Anna, realizes that Hungary, although not in its former glory, is not what it seems and her “ability” to disable spells are valuable to those she least expect. Faced with a hard choice, Anna must decide if the world she has always known is better than a changed world.
Jumping right into this, I didn’t like this book. Anna was a selfish, snobby human being that expected people to do what she wanted although she regarded them like crap. She was a spoiled brat that lacked respect.
From the beginning, I couldn’t get into the book. Nothing about it really interested me and Anna’s personality didn’t help either. I did however, liked the scenery in the book and the details of the environment. But the story although focuses on the rich (in money and magic) and the poor (in magic (supposedly) and money, it took some time for me to feel the intensity between the two classes. I understand that it has to build and there needs to be a huge point of tension but it didn’t feel real and if this was a on going thing, it didn’t begin until Anna was in Hungary.
I wanted to see the tension, see the divide before Anna’s exile. Yes, it happens fairly soon in the book but Anna stays in a bubble even when things are falling in her face. I just didn’t feel a connection with this book and not only did I try to read it once but I put it down and read it a second time.
Overall, this book wasn’t for me but that is not to say that someone else may not enjoy it.