I am the perfect weapon.
I kill with a single touch.
Twylla is blessed. The Gods have chosen her to marry a prince, and rule the kingdom. But the favour of the Gods has it’s price. A deadly poison infuses her skin. Those who anger the queen must die under Twylla’s fatal touch.
Only Lief, an outspoken new guard, can see past Twylla’s chilling role to the girls she truly is.
Yet in a court as dangerous and the queen’s, some truths should not be told...
I was kind of underwhelmed by this. I like the premise, and yes, I know we have read things like this already, but no one does the same idea the same way! And Salisbury definitely did this in a very original way.
It’s fantasy, it’s monarchy, and it’s the worst side of a monarchy. Keeping the royal family “of the blood” is the Queen’s number one goal, and she will do whatever it takes to make it so and to get as much power as possible. She’s a great villain and I really enjoyed her twisted mind.
Twylla was ok, I was intrigued by her, but her little romance with Lief was my least favorite aspect of the book, and it takes up a much larger role than I would have preferred. Personally, I liked the prince, and thought they had much more in common and a deeper relationship than was ever depicted between Twylla and Lief. I also would have been much more pleased with the ending we think we are going to get with Twylla and Lief when one of the plot twists is revealed, but then it fell back into the expected.
Along with the romance, I thought there wasn’t enough attention to one of the plot twists. I don’t want to spoil it, but it wasn’t explained too well – I’m thinking it’s going to be the fuel for the second book though. I liked the epilogue, I thought it showed character growth and the potential for a decision I could get behind, but then it was all ruined by a knock on a door.
We’ll see if I carry on with he series, it depends on how much the synopsis for the second book pulls me in.