She has no memory of who she is, or what she is. They say she is the Shifter. They say her name is Isabel. This seems reasonable. They say she is immortal, and has protected the kings of the realm for centuries. Which she knows to be true.
They say she is to protect the King, who is named Rokan. His sister is Clarisse. They say she served the King until twenty years ago, when she left suddenly- no one knows why. This seems reasonable. They say the new king is in danger from an unknown foe, and she is the only one who can protect him. That’s why they sought her out. Which she knows to not all be true.
They’re lying. Everyone has their lies they are busily weaving- it is a royal court after all. But only some of the lies concern her, and no one trusts her. And when you can’t remember the truth, how can you tell the minor lies from the ones that will split your loyalties along with your heart?
The plot on this book is TWISTED. It’s one of those where you have to keep track of all the double POVs so you can remember who is lying to who about what, and who knows what about how much the other ones know. A lot like George R R Martin, or one of those POLITICAL INTRIGUE books. Because of that, some people will say that it’s about choosing kings, or the rights of monarchy, or even feminism. I really DON’T think so. I thought it was more about family, and vengeance, and divided loyalties, and who you should trust. And how love will really twist you over. 😛
Oh, and the twist at the end actually make me say- OUT LOUD- “Oh, that’s brutal.” I very rarely say that. But when you get to the twist, that’s how very effectively twisted it is. I can’t say that I loved it, because I like happy lots-of-hot-chocolate-and-a- big-turkey-dinner endings. But it was very well done. I gave it three stars out of five.