An interesting fantasy series full of magic and politics.
An adoptee raised in a foreign land, sixteen-year-old Lianne was content with her life as handmaiden to the queen, until a spell cast on her at birth activated. Now she’s filled with uncontrollable rage and access to magic she thought had been bled from her people years ago. Even her years of secret training in elite hand-to-hand combat and meditation can’t calm the fires raging inside her.
Her heart is torn between two boys, the one she’s always loved and the one who always ignored her. But when the kingdom threatens to tear itself apart due to rumors surrounding the queen’s alleged affair, who will Lianne protect and who will she destroy?
*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.*
This is the first book in a three part series entitled The Swarm. Sleepers follows the story of a young girl named Lianne, taken from her homeland at birth to be a servant to the queen. On her birthday she becomes ‘activated’ meaning she can access her magic, and the rage she feels to the conquering kingdom.
This was a quick and interesting little tale full of magic and drama. I really enjoyed a lot of the political aspects of the novel, how the adopted children are made to belief that their home country is thankful for the invasion that came upon them. The idea of magic being bled from the country, to stop them rising up again. There are quite a few surprising twists and turns that keep the story going, although personally I felt it was a little too fast paced for my liking. At only just over two hundred pages, I would have liked to slow the story down a bit, and get to know the characters a bit more.
Lianne is a good protagonist, she’s likeable and being inside her head means we get an in depth view of what life is like as a stranger in a new kingdom. Her love interests are two completely different, although somewhat predictable characters, the quiet and shy Bryden versus the more angry and outspoken Kellan.
I struggled a little with the world building in this story. It might be because it is so fast paced, but I felt very little got explained, and no resolutions came by the end of the book. More might be explained in book two, but I found this a little off putting. It is an enjoyable fantasy story, with plenty of romance if you’re looking for that kind of thing, but for me it was a fairly bog standard story.
The Swarm trilogy does seem to have lots of potential, I think only a very small part of this world and story has been revealed in Sleepers, and I’m looking forward to reading book two and three, to see what happens to Lianne and her friends.