A lush tapestry of magic, romance, and revolución, drawing inspiration from Bolivian politics and history.
Ximena is the decoy Condesa, a stand-in for the last remaining Illustrian royal. Her people lost everything when the usurper, Atoc, used an ancient relic to summon ghosts and drive the Illustrians from La Ciudad. Now Ximena’s motivated by her insatiable thirst for revenge, and her rare ability to spin thread from moonlight.
When Atoc demands the real Condesa’s hand in marriage, it’s Ximena’s duty to go in her stead. She relishes the chance, as Illustrian spies have reported that Atoc’s no longer carrying his deadly relic. If Ximena can find it, she can return the true aristócrata to their rightful place.
She hunts for the relic, using her weaving ability to hide messages in tapestries for the resistance. But when a masked vigilante, a warm-hearted princess, and a thoughtful healer challenge Ximena, her mission becomes more complicated. There could be a way to overthrow the usurper without starting another war, but only if Ximena turns her back on revenge—and her Condesa.
I LOVED this book. It was exciting, full of intrique, it kept me guessing the whole way through. My only quip is that I wouldm have liked a little more history of the war that started everything.
Ximena was an amazing main character. She did make some rash decisions but it added tot he drama and since it all came from her heart it made sense. I do think she was a little reckless at times but the story would’ve been boring without a little danger.
The setting was great, it sounded really beautiful. I couldn’t really gauge the size of the county though. But I loved the idea of the different people in it and all the types of magic.
Ximena’s magic was so unique, I loved the idea of it. Without giving anything away, it was magic that was fun and pretty but really useful, which I actually loved, it was nice for the MC to not have a power that could overcome everything. Everything she overcame was becuase of hard work and her choices.
Rumi was an amazing side character. It was hard to see his intentions but it was fun trying to guess. El Lomo was interesting, I would have liked a little more detail on what exactly what he did. He was kind of a robin hood like character, taking from the rich and giving to the poor, mainly focussing on the King.
Overall it was a fantastic read, unlike anything else I have ever read and cannot wait to see what else will happen in the next book.
5 out of 5 stars