In the city of Turris there are 2 types of people. There are the Ramash who are the poorest tribe of peasants, and then there are the ruling Oresed people. The Ramash people had very little and were allowed very little. They were not allowed to share their history or anything amongst one another. In secret, the families would share a bedtime story with their children about the mythical N'de, a beautiful city!
Hadlay is a young girl and is of the Ramash people. She and her friends laughed at an Oresed and had to report to the midweek gathering for their punishments. At that time a "great" thing happened. The emperor came in a disc of light. The emperor stated that he and his son were returning and they were displeased with the oppression of the Ramash people. They immediately repealed the laws against the Ramash. Unfortunately, the 3 children still received their punishment. What they received did not fit the "crime" either. It was way too harsh and they all could have died.
Some weeks later the emperor called for children to report to the gathering because he was looking for help in the tower. This could be a great thing, but Hadlay did not want to leave her family for such a long time. She hoped she would not get picked to work there. It turned out they wanted Oresed and Ramash children. Hadlay and her friend Nomish were both picked. A lot happens once they get to the tower and there are moments when you are just praying these kids make it out alive!
I noticed this story has a little Harry Potter element added to it as well. I really enjoyed reading this and L.K. Malone wrote this beautifully.
You can look inside the book to get a little taste of this outstanding novel at amazon.com.
About The Author: L. K. Malone is an insatiable reader who devours nearly a book a day when she isn’t writing. Favorite genres include political thrillers, historical fiction, romance, and fantasy. Some of her favorite reads include the Hunger Games series and the Harry Potter books, which inspired her to try her hand at fantasy with a Judeo-Christian twist. Malone is a Colorado native with a large extended family, which includes two lovely young women who graciously let her mentor them through the Denver Kids program, and a handsome menagerie of pets.
I received this book from Kregel Publishing for the purpose of this review and blog tour.