From missing socks to missing people, nothing could remain hidden from seventeen year-old Katelyn Kestrel for long, but after locating a forbidden passage out of her isolated country, Haven, she discovers for the first time that there are some things that should never be found. Outside the safety of her homeland’s borders, Katelyn meets Rune, a young soldier who will die without her immediate aid. She never considered that helping him would lead to her capture. While being held prisoner by the handsome Lord Dylan Axton, she learns that the outside world is rife with war and controlled by people with extraordinary powers. It becomes clear that there was a very good reason the founders of Haven locked their people away from the rest of the world. The depth of her peril reaches a fever pitch when a ruthless Commander wants Katelyn dead. Her only hope is to return to Haven, but can she survive long enough to find her home?

I received a free copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book started out simply and was like most YA books, soon it complex and full of twists and turns. It was much more than I expected, the world building and politics were great and really interesting. I am looking forward to finding more about the history and the evil people who run the country.

The characters were great, I really liked Katelyn and the strength of her character. She was willing to put her own life at risk to save her people. I really want to know why Haven was formed and more about how.

I love Rune, I wish he was real and I hope he is in the next book. He was nice and mysterious with just enough bad boy image to be desirable. And just enough sweetness to be boyfriend material, the perfect combo in a book hottie.

The action was very good and there just enough of it without it being overwhelming. The gifts or abilities were really well done, I had fun trying to work out what people might have.

4 out of 5 stars

Recommended for people who like

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