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This fast-paced YA debut novel has it all: smart, savvy characters
making their way through an eerily dystopian society, with all the
requisite action, adventure and romance characteristic of the genre
vividly and at times, chillingly, portrayed.
In a wild and lawless future, where life is cheap and survival is
hard, eighteen-year-old Saba lives with her father, her twin
brother Lugh, her young sister Emmi and her pet crow Nero. Theirs
is a hard and lonely life. The family resides in a secluded shed,
their nearest neighbour living many miles away and the lake, their
only source of water and main provider of food, gradually dying
from the lack of rain. But Saba''s father refuses to leave the
place where he buried his beloved wife, Allis, nine years ago.
Allis died giving birth to Emmi, and Saba has never forgiven her
sister for their mother''s death.
But while she despises Emmi, Saba adores her twin brother Lugh.
Golden-haired and blue-eyed, loving and good, he seems the complete
opposite to dark-haired Saba, who is full of anger and driven by a
ruthless survival instinct. To Saba, Lugh is her light and she is
his shadow, he is the day, she is the nighttime, he is beautiful,
she is ugly, he is good, she is bad.
So Saba''s small world is brutally torn apart, when a group of
armed riders arrives five day''s after the twin''s eighteenth
birthday snatch Lugh away. Saba''s rage is so wild, that she
manages to drive the men away, but not before they have captured
Lugh and killed their father.
And here begins Saba''s epic quest to rescue Lugh, during which she
is tested by trials she could not have imagined, and one that takes
the reader on breathtaking ride full or romance, physical adventure
and unforgettably vivid characters, making this a truly sensational
YA debut novel.