When seventeen-year-old Nedra Brysstain leaves her home in the rural, northern territories of Lunar Island to attend the prestigious Yugen Academy, she has only one goal in mind: learn the trade of medicinal alchemy. A scholarship student matriculating with the children of Lunar Island’s wealthiest and most powerful families, Nedra doesn’t quite fit in with the other kids at Yugen, who all look down on her.
All, except for Greggori “Grey” Astor. Grey is immediately taken by the brilliant and stubborn Nedra, who he notices is especially invested in her studies. And that’s for a good reason: a deadly plague has been sweeping through the North, and it’s making its way toward the cities. With her family’s life–and the lives of all of Lunar Island’s citizens–on the line, Nedra is determined to find a cure for the plague.
Grey and Nedra continue to grow closer, but as the sickness spreads and the body count rises, Nedra becomes desperate to find a cure. Soon, she finds herself diving into alchemy’s most dangerous corners–and when she turns to the most forbidden practice of all, necromancy, even Grey might not be able to pull her from the darkness.
This book was so incredible. I enjoyed every minute of it. The story and world building was so unique. It’s perfect for the fall read. The characters I did enjoy, watching them grow.
Nedra, I did enjoy her. She was brave and only care to cure the sickness. She could less making friends at the new school. She only cared about helping the people out. She has such a kind caring heart in the book. Will she be able to find the cure and save everyone before it’s to late?
Grey, I liked him in the beginning. Always standing up to Nedra. He is such a soft hearted guy, follows the rules. Will he be able to stay with Nedra, when she does something unforgivable to cure the sick?
This book is breathe taking. Leaving you on the edge of your seat at times. So many body counts and death due to a sickness. You get to read both points of view to Grey and Nedra. Only you must read to find out what happens in the end. Be ready for some shocking twists and turns.