The strongest of them all. Eyes blacker than the darkness they all fantasize about, but have never seen. An abomination.
Hemera Harkibel has spent her life concealing abilities she doesn’t fully understand. She is hated and feared because of her black eyes and inhuman strength—mutations she bears from a near-death encounter with the grotesque creatures known as Halves.
When her people’s underground cave system is attacked, Hemera is thrust above ground into a dangerous world where the sun’s rays can kill in seconds and enemies are tracking her every move.
The farther she travels, the more she discovers about her powers. Hemera comes to learn that her very existence is a threat in the war brewing between humans and Halves.
Should she disappear into the shadows to protect the people she cares about most, or embrace the strength she has spent a lifetime suppressing? Her choices will threaten the survival of the world as she knows it.
This action-filled novel is perfect for fans of Red Queen, Throne of Glass, and The Mortal Instruments. If you love fantasy, don’t miss this story about wonder and adventure, love and sacrifice, heroes and monsters, and the blurred spaces in between.
About the Author
Stephanie lives in Austin with her husband and crazy rescue dog. When she isn't writing, she's getting lost in parks, hosting taco nights, or ironically and miserably losing at word games, but having fun while she does it.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was fantastic! I was seriously hooked from beginning to end. Every fight scene got my adrenaline going, and even the non-fight scenes were so good I didn't want to put the book down. I really felt like everything in the book had a purpose, and I loved how everything came together in the end. I seriously can't give this book enough praise. It definitely sets a new high bar for fantasy books IMO.
What a fantastic story, full of unexpected twists and turns. And so many unforgettable characters, that you just can't help falling in love with. Just a great read- couldn't put it down.
Absolute must read! You will not be able to put it down. The creativity, riveting, and character development will pull you in immediately. The connections as a reader to Hemera were astounding. One of the best books I have read in a very long time.
I read this book with my 16-yr-old daughter, and we both loved it! It isn't easy finding books that appeal to both of us, but this one hit that delicate balance spot on. I found it to be rich and complex enough for me, but it was also fast-paced with a side of romance that had my [less-than-enthusiastic teenage daughter] staying up late to finish it. There's nothing graphic or unnecessarily "mature," which I always appreciate as a parent. Proves overly graphic violence and language aren't necessary to appeal to older audiences. Thank you. Hemera is such a tough cookie, and I loved watching her grow throughout the story. I also appreciated how, even the story is from her pov, the other characters weren't sidelined. They each had a story and histories of their own, which made everything more interesting. Story was fast-paced and kept me on the edge of my seat, but it didn't feel breathless or action-y for the sake of being action-y. Lots of great fight scenes, which my daughter especially enjoyed! There was some deeper social criticism that I picked up on (my daughter didn't, but it was just another way that this book could appeal to people of different ages with different interests). I like when an author makes me think, but doesn't try to preach at me, and that was this book to a T. Highly, highly recommend!