by Trisha Wolfe
Release Date: January 10, 2012
Source: Review copy
My Rating: ★★★★★
It’s the year 2040, and sixteen-year-old Dez Harkly is one of the last of her kind—part of a nearly extinct race of shape-shifters descended from guardians to the Egyptian pharaohs. Her home and her secret are threatened when the Council lowers the barrier, allowing the enemy race to enter the Shythe haven.
As the Narcolym airships approach, Dez and her friends rebel against their Council and secretly train for battle. Not only is Dez wary of war and her growing affection for her best friend Jace, but she fears the change her birthday will bring. When Dez’s newfound power rockets out of control, it’s a Narcolym who could change her fate… if she can trust him.
Dez’s guarded world crumbles when she discovers why the Narcos have really come to Haven Falls, and she’s forced to choose between the race who raised her and the enemy she’s feared her whole life.
I feel very honored to be a part of this blog tour, especially after reading the book. This is seriously one amazing book that I believe fans of The Mortal Instruments and Hush Hush series will definitely enjoy this. It contains steampunk and action goodness, not to mention a pretty steamy-hot love triangle.
Dez (short for Destiny) is a girl that grew up hiding her true identity. Having been raised as one of the Shythe (a nearly extinct race of shape shifters), Dez was always taught that the Narcolym (another, stronger, race of shape shifters) are the enemy and responsible for the low number of Shythe still left in the world. Both the Shythe and the Narcolym are part of a larger race, Kythan, descendants from guardians to the Egyptian pharaohs, and dependent on humans’ need for them, even though humans are not aware of their existence. Every Kythan, Shythe and Narcolym alike, goes through a transformation at age 17, where they are marked and develop their powers. The Shythe, who are known for having glowing blue eyes, are given the power of charge (passing electric currents). The Narcolym, whose distinguishing feature is their glowing red eyes, are given the power of flame.
Dez lives with her mother in Haven Falls, the last safe for the Shythe in which protection spells protect the border from being infiltrated by Narcolym. Talks of a possible a peace treaty between the Shythe and Narcolym councils has Dez and her friends nervous of because the Narcolym cannot be trusted. Her friends, Lana, Jace and Nick, who are also triplets, secretly train for an impending battle, headed up by Jace . Dez discovers that although the triplets and she have been friends since they were little, she is starting to develop feelings for Jace, who apparently feels the same way about her, though both are too shy to admit it to one another.
Dez’s world comes apart the day that the without warning the barriers are lowered by the council and the Narcolym freely enter her Haven Falls. This brings on an unexpected encounter with a Narcolym named Reese who changes Dez’s life forever. You see, Dez has a secret. While all the Shythe’s eyes are blue and the Narco’s are red, hers are neither. Hers are violet, product of her mother being Shythe, and her father being Narco. A half breed, a product of an experiment that supposedly went wrong and wasn’t supposed to survive, and in hiding with her mother as long as can remember. Dez is forced from a young age to disguise the color of her eyes using lenses and fears most of all what will happen the day of her transformation, will her power be flame or charge, or both.
I became highly invested in the world that Trisha Wolfe has created. It was refreshing to read about other types of shape-shifters, something new, something fresh, something I had not heard of before. I can’t get enough of this story and can’t wait to read know more about this Kythan world. The steampunk is an added plus to my already growing obsession with these characters. Jace is that boy next door, gentle, caring, and good looking. Reese is the super hot bad boy, the one you do not bring home to mom. Lana is that token loyal friend every girl should have. Finally, Nick is the one who reminds us all, that it’s not all business, sometimes you just have to relax and let go. 5 stars all the way for this book. I’m not kidding. You guys need to read this like now. You can thank me later.