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Nemesis by Anna Banks

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The princess didn't expect to fall in love--with her nemesis.

Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king's servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.

Sepora's gift could save Tarik's kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?

Goodreads Summary

Sepora is a princess on the run.  She doesn't want to be taken advantage of by her father and she doesn't intend to serve others' agendas.  Unfortunately for Sepora, she ends up in Theoria where a plague is sweeping the land.  She knows that her ability to make spectorium could save many people and stop the plague in its tracks, but she doesn't know if this young kind will use her and her gift for more than she bargained for.  

Sepora was a strong female lead.  She didn't need a prince or king to save her and thought on her feet.  I liked the thought of her being the only one able to produce the spectorium.  I liked the romantic tension between Sepora and Tarik.  The reader got to know both characters very well.  There were more than a few plot lines going on at the same time: romance, suspense, intrigue, mystery, etc...  Although the book was long the pages fly by quickly.  I loved the disease aspect and the gravity of Sepora's choice.  This book would be a fun read for young adult/teen fantasy readers.

4 Stars

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