Thursday, January 12, 2023

#BookReview: A Knot of Lies and Rebellion by J. Collette Smith

Synopsis: Emeuri dreams of becoming an attendant to a High Daughter in the Kingdom of Iridan — an impossible feat for a low-level worker like herself. But when a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity arises for a chance to audition for the role, Emeuri clamors for the coveted spot alongside girls from every village. When she pulls off the unthinkable and wins, she sets off for the opulent kingdom with high hopes for a better life. However, she soon discovers life in Iridan is not what it seems.

Secrets hide in corners of the palatial estates. Ones that whisper of an opposition brewing beneath the pristine surface. A disruption to Sovereign Beck’s order could topple his meticulous hierarchy — a change that would ruin everything Emeuri has worked for. Yet, a hint of promise carries those whispers and Emeuri finds herself consumed with the idea of freedom from the only life she’s ever known. But as attendant to the sovereign’s niece, plus her growing attraction for the sovereign’s nephew, Emeuri’s treasonous behavior could cost her life. 

After one of Emeuri’s letters home is intercepted, exposing the rebellion, Sovereign Beck sets out to make an example of her. With the one dream she’s had since childhood gone, Emeuri makes a dangerous escape to join the battle. However, when she becomes the top target for the sovereign, Emeuri’s quest for freedom may become her prison instead.


Rating: 3 Stars
My Review: This was one of those nothing new kind of books.  The story was good but nothing to really write home about.  I did enjoy it and it was worth the read.  


Happy I gave this book a chance. Absolutely loved it. Couldn't put it down. 5 star book. Highly recommend it.—Alexis Mills Goodreads reviewer

By the time the book's climactic showdown arrived, I had been utterly immersed in the characters because they were so well-developed and multifaceted. I read this enjoyable fantasy book in about two days.Piper Paterson NetGalley reviewer ​

Political intrigue is one sure way to win my heart and this book had it in bunches!—Dominique Nieves NetGalley reviewer

The action, the fantasy and romance was on point. I believed the story was original and exciting. Overall, this book was very well-written and a perfect read for fantasy lovers.—Rubie Clark NetGalley reviewer

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