Shimmer and Burn is a young adult fantasy novel that made me instantly want to go out and buy a copy. Here’s the blurb on Goodreads:
To save her sister’s life, Faris must smuggle magic into a plague-ridden neighboring kingdom in this exciting and dangerous start to a brand-new fantasy duology.
Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a lucrative scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to the power-hungry Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne.
Now Faris must smuggle stolen magic into neighboring Avinea to incite its prince to alliance—magic that addicts in the war-torn country can sense in her blood and can steal with a touch. She and Bryn turn to a handsome traveling magician, North, who offers protection from Avinea’s many dangers, but he cannot save Faris from Bryn’s cruelty as she leverages Cadence’s freedom to force Faris to do anything—or kill anyone—she asks. Yet Faris is as fierce as Bryn, and even as she finds herself falling for North, she develops schemes of her own.
With the fate of kingdoms at stake, Faris, Bryn, and North maneuver through a dangerous game of magical and political machinations, where lives can be destroyed—or saved—with only a touch.
I posted a review on Goodreads:
This book easily made my top ten books of this year.
I don’t know what to say about this book; it had it all. Magical systems that were actually interesting and sounded as though they’d work. A Kingdom hidden away in the mountains with a vicious king. A girl who wants to have freedom, not just for herself but for everyone.
I stepped into this book tentatively. By page 100 I was thoroughly *hooked*. And when it came to the end of the book, I had to flip through all the pages twice to check-that’s all? Really? Where’s the rest of it?
I hadn’t realized that it was book one of a series/trilogy?
And there is no sign of book two anywhere on the web!
With that ending! No! I *need* the next book…
Five anxiously awaiting for the next book stars!
This book took my breathe away, it was enchanting it was beautiful, and the ending made me ask “but where’s the rest of it?!”. I did learn on Amazon that it IS book one of a series, so that’s a relief. I definitely will wholeheartedly buy the first two books when they come out, the book is seriously just that good.