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Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: January 19th 2016
Raisa was just a child when she was sold to work as a slave in the kingdom of Qilara. Despite her young age, her father was teaching her to read and write, grooming her to take his place as a Learned One. In Qilara, the Arnathim, like Raisa, are the lowest class, and literacy is a capital offense. What’s more, only the king, prince, tutor, and tutor-in-training are allowed to learn the very highest order language, the language of the gods. So when the tutor-in-training is executed for teaching slaves this sacred language, and Raisa is selected to replace her, Raisa knows any slipup on her part could mean death.
Keeping her secret is hard enough, but the romance that’s been growing between her and Prince Mati isn’t helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance—an underground army of slave rebels—to help liberate Arnath slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries—one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.
Why Sword and Verse?
Well, it is a silly reason, but I do like to read books with my name as the main character's! You rarely get a Raisa. Only other time I found a Raisa was in Cinda Williams Chima's The Seven Realms series.
Plus, forbidden romance? And with a prince, no less? I love court and high fantasy intrigue!
Finally, I'm pretty excited if this Raisa ends up being a badass and bringing down her people's oppressors... But the romance with her prince! I can't wait to read all these conflicts.