Then a mysterious stranger from a neighboring country contacts her using ascard. He needs help escaping his prison so he can bring an end to his emperor's oppressive rule or die trying. His unshakable devotion to his cause and the passion hidden behind his cool arrogance move her to help him at the risk of being branded a traitor herself.
When the politics of society bring them together a second time, Indigo decides to use her growing powers to help him fight his war. If only she dared fight for her own future with such passion. Perhaps she can find the courage to do so by helping the man she has fallen for win his revolution. She might have exactly the power he needs to succeed.
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About the Author
Nikki lives in the magnificent Pacific Northwest tending to her sweet horse, manipulative cat, and a crazy dog. She's a wine and tea fanatic who loves sitting on the ocean in her kayak surrounded by open water or hanging from a rope in a cave, embraced by darkness and the sound of dripping water. She also enjoys horseback riding, archery, PC gaming, dancing, good anime, etc. She studies Japanese and practices Iaido because she believes we should never stop learning
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite Nikki McCormack’s Dissident is the first book in the Forbidden Things series, an epic fantasy that is well written and structured. Indigo is a gifted young woman with an extraordinary ascard power, but society only allows her to use a limited amount of her power to heal others. From the very beginning of the story, the reader understands quickly that Indigo doesn’t feel fulfilled and her relationship with her fiancé isn’t what she’d hoped for. But then a mysterious stranger contacts her from his prison, requiring her help. Intrigued by the resolve in his voice, she decides to help him get his freedom so he can fight for justice for his own people. After his release, Indigo can’t help but think occasionally about the stranger. Their paths cross again unexpectedly and this time she isn’t just going to help him—she is going to decide about her destiny. Dissident is a great story and I found Nikki McCormack’s characters to be well-developed and rock-solid. The idea of ascard power is interesting and I enjoyed how it becomes part of the conflict that drives the strong plot. Indigo is the kind of character that readers will enjoy and her break from the limitations society imposes on her is a symbolic message that will sit well with many readers. The author has succeeded in weaving together the elements of a great romance into a daring work of fantasy, while creating a setting that feels real to readers, and characters they’ll remember even after putting the book back on the shelf.
I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a review. However, all opinions are entirely my own. I loved this book by Nikki McCormack. Unfortunately, I wasn't drawn in when I first started reading the book. At the start, the book was a bit slow. For the first sixty or so pages, I found my self-falling in and out of the book. I would put it down and I had to make a very conscious decision to pick it back up, and I am so freaking glad that I did. Once, I started to actually become engaged in the book, I found that I couldn't put it down. It was a state of constant "Just one more chapter". I felt as if I was right there with Indigo, and I felt every moment of heartbreak, pain, and happiness that she felt. I actually read about 200 pages in a night. I especially loved how the author switched character point of views, which allowed us to see a deeper side of each character that we wouldn't have seen prior. However, it did take away from the shock factor. The switching between point of views allowed us to see things that would have most definitely been a great surprise. Personally, I would rather be surprised by betrayal than to already know it's going to happen. That helps to create an emotion inside the reader and it allows us to connect more with the story because we feel as if we've been betrayed too. From the jump, Indigo was a strong character. She may not have been as strong when it came to her soon to be husband Jace, but she was strong in so many other ways. Honestly, I don't even think it was Jace that caused her not to be as strong but the society that she lived in. She knew that if she left him the backlash she would face would be devastating and to her, it just wasn't worth it I assume. Indigo honestly has a heart of gold that is sometimes tempted by darkness. Throughout the story, you get to see Indigo develop and become this powerful force to be reckoned with. Honestly, I did not want this book to end. Yes, it may have had a bit of a rough start, but once you are sucked into Nikki McCormack's world you will never want to leave. Nikki McCormack leaves her readers begging for more by the end of her story. It is rare to find an author who isn't scared to put their characters in risky situations. I cannot wait to read the second book. I'm giving this book four stars instead of five because of the way that the book missed that shocking factor that I mentioned above. I would have just personally not have wanted to know so many things before Indigo or other main characters. However, this book is more of a 4.5. I loved this book and it is something I would consider reading twice.
Indigo has always suppressed her Ascard power because society does not allow the use of powerful Ascard. She can use a limited amount as a healer but has worked all her life to hold in her inner aspect and connection to Ascard. Her power does not go completely unnoticed, as an exotic stranger contacts her through Ascard, seeking her help. Intrigued by him and ruffled by her rocky relationship with her fiancé, she follows the stranger into his prison. After she helps him escape, she thinks she will never see him again. Fate brings them together again, but he still needs her help. This novel had a great balance between romance, fantasy and plot. I was pulled in by Indigo’s struggles to live up to others’ expectations in her restrictive society and her struggles with her fiancé. The intrigue and quick attraction between Indigo and Yiloch pulled me into the romantic aspect of the book and the plot kept the entire novel together as action wove through until the end. Indigo is a role model for female characters. She’s strong, not in relation to man, but in relation to her enemies and her friends. She doesn’t have to stay in her relationship. She has control over her fiancé in a way he can’t even fathom. She isn’t smug about her skills and she doesn’t look down on others, even though she is stronger than everyone around her, even her teacher. I enjoyed the writing style of this fantasy novel, just as much as the clean writing of McCormack’s steampunk series – Clockwork Enterprises.