There is nothing in life that eighteen year old Zara craves more than her freedom. Stolen from her home in Cadrebia at the age of eight, Zara has spent more years than she cared to admit as a slave to the Tankadesh courts. Her days are filled with protecting the princess, while she spends nights entertaining the king and his officials with her mastery of weapons. Any spare moment in between, she plots escape.
Yet her hopes for freedom come to a crashing halt when a stranger arrives bearing the mark of her assigned lifemate, and he threatens war if she isn’t turned over into his care. But a lifemate is not part of the plan. Her dreams, of choosing her own path and being the master of her own will, weaken as her Moon seeks to claim his Sun.
Is it possible that this stranger, with gentle blue eyes and a ready smile, didn’t come to be her new master? That there could be more to his tale?
Zara soon finds that neither her captivity nor her parents’ deaths were mere random attacks. And by returning to Cadrebia, she may have put the future of the royal line—and her Moon—in jeopardy. While Zara breathes in her first taste of freedom, her enemies move in, seeking to rob Cadrebia of its blessed prophecy.
To keep what she holds dear, Zara must rise above the pain and uncertainty to claim the lifemate assigned to her, or more than her freedom will be stolen this time.
Perfect for those who enjoy: young adult fantasy, romance, and/or speculative fiction.
K.R., review of Sun and Moon
This is one of my favorite books by this author. There is a depth to the characters that makes me want to see their happily ever afters.
I first read this book many years ago (including a few re-reads) and still remember key scenes because they made such an impression.
And can I just say how much I love the arranged marriage/fated love trope?!?! Deinitely worth the read!
Rated PG-13 for mild torture (tactfully handled/mildly referenced) and intense scenes —little to no language
—clean (no-spice) romance
—mild references to torture/abuse
C.O. Bonham, review of Sun and Moon
The story was really good.
In Cadrebia everyone is assigned a lifemate after they both come of age. This assignment comes from their God the Light Giver.
Zara is a Cadrebian slave in a neighboring land. On her eighteenth birthday she receives the mark of assignment on her palm. Will this mean her freedom from slavery or merely a new form of bondage?
This is not a typical romance. The plot was complex with plenty of action and intrigue to keep the pages turning.
The ending was wrapped up rather hurridly, but it was satisfying. It was refreshing to read a stand alone book and not get swept up into a multi book epic series.
I would read more books set in this story world if the author chose to write more.
J.M. Hackman, author of the Firebrand Chronicles
This book has been languishing on my TBR pile, so I picked it up this morning...and f inished it this evening!
So, so good--lots of swoony romance, a cool magic system, and beautiful worldbuilding. I loved the relationship between Zara & Jaedon.
I was happy it was a standalone (so many duologies, trilogies, & series out there!), but when I was done reading, I wanted a sequel! 😉