Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king's servitude.
Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.
Sepora's gift could save Tarik's kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?
Tension flows through this book like angsty teenagers. Nemesis reminded me of an older magical kingdom just developing into its prime with romance slightly weaved through. I will admit the story start a little slow, but built into a pressure-filled slew of events that I couldn't help but keep turning the pages.
We start off with Sepora, who flees from her kingdom after her father makes it clear he wants to use her powers as a weapon. Along the way she gets thrown into a new kingdom and a new life she isn't sure she wants. I have to admit, Sepora was consistently a little firecracker. She goes after what she wants and what she believes is right and that's admirable. In Nemesis, we get dual POVs which I love and the other side of our story is from Tarik. Tarik, a young prince, who is also thrown into a new life takes a more gentle approach to life. I have to admit I loved watching these two grow together.
My one down note would be that it took about getting into the book about a third of the way before it picked up. I almost didn't keep going, but I'm glad I did because once it picked up I couldn't put it down. On the other side... I adored the Serpens and the large cats and the abilities we get to see along the way. Definitely will be looking forward to the next book in the series!
- 4 out of 5 Splatters -