Author: Jordan Elizabeth
Narrator: Diana Hernandez
Sarah Lockwood learned to be self-sufficient when she lost her parents. Life with her aunt on the Renaissance Fair circuit seemed exciting at first, but there was no stability.
Archer, her uncle’s gardener, offers her a trip to another realm, and she jumps at the chance. The parallel world is filled with magic, machines, and beauty. The two are tasked with guarding an enchanted pen that records important events. However, Archer has been keeping secrets that endanger not only himself but Sarah, too. He is a member of a rebellion against the usurper king.
When Archer is kidnapped, Sarah must unravel Archer’s secrets, and every discovery shows Sarah no one is blameless in that magical realm. Making life and death decisions at 19 is not what she wants to do, but Sarah either chooses a side, or her new home will be nothing except ashes.
Sarah thought her life with her aunt would be exciting but was quickly disappointed by what her new life has to offer. When she’s given a glimpse into a parallel realm, she takes the opportunity without thinking twice. While the other realm is filled with beauty, mystery, and intrigue, it is also rife with danger. Will Sarah make it out alive?
Sarah was not my favorite character. I’ve read a lot of Miss Elizabeth’s work at this point, and I was a little disappointed at the choice of main character in this one. Sarah was flaky and irresponsible. She made some questionable decisions that made it difficult to want to root for her.
As usual with Jordan Elizabeth’s work though, I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and worldbuilding. I’m always a sucker for parallel universe stories, and this one was thoroughly entertaining. Suspenseful and engaging, it becomes a race against the clock for Sarah to gather herself together and step up to save those around her or let her home be destroyed.
Narration was okay.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.