magpie's song

In the slums of BrightStone, Moon Children are worth less than the scrap they must collect to survive. It doesn’t matter that these abandoned half-breeds are part-Meridian with their ancestors hailing from the technologically advanced city that floats above the once-thriving, now plague-ridden BrightStone. Instead they are rejected by both their ancestral societies and forced to live on the outskirts of civilization, joining clans simply to survive. Not to mention their role as Tithe, leading the city’s infected citizens deep into the Pits where their disease can be controlled.

Nineteen-year-old Raggy Maggy is no different, despite the mysterious heart-shaped panel that covers her chest. Or at least she wasn’t… Not until her chance discovery of a Meridian-built clockwork dragon—and its murdered owner. When the Inquestors policing the city find Maggy at the scene of the crime, she quickly turns into their prime suspect. Now she’s all anyone can talk about. Even her clan leader turns his back on her, leading her to rely on an exiled doctor and a clanless Moon Child named Ghost to keep her hidden. In return, all she has to do is help them find a cure for the plague they believe was not exactly accidental. Yet doing so might mean risking more than just her life. It also might be the only key to uncovering the truth about the parents—and the past—she knows nothing about.


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

First off the cover is amazing. Also I am a little late with review, sorry.

I really enjoyed this book, it was fun and had a very intriguing plot. I wish there was more to the history, it feels incomplete, maybe we will get to see more in the next book.

I liked the setting, it was unlike any other I have read. Mags was a great MC. She rebeled a little from the beginning, not for love unlike character in other books. It was refreshing.

I liked the writing, it was simple but had some adult content. It was a little confusing at first with teenage style writing then reading about prostititution. But once I got over that it made a lot of sense.

It was some cliff hanger. I ahve bought the second and cannot wait to read the second one, which I have already bought. 🙂

3.5 stars out of 5 stars