Title: Mine to Spell
Author: Janeal Falor
Publication Date: May 05th, 2014
Synopsis: Cynthia has always hidden from her father’s hexes behind her older sister. When her family gains independence unheard of for women, she’s relieved that her days of harsh punishments are over. But as her seventeenth birthday approaches—the typical age to be sold to a new master—death threats endanger her sisters. She now faces two options: run or meet society’s expectations.
For once, Cynthia isn’t going to let her older sister shield her from the problem. She’s going to prove to herself, her sisters, and society that her family isn’t a threat to their traditions. She willingly chooses to be purchased by a new master. A bold step that takes her somewhere she never thought she would go and to a man she might possibly fall in love with. With his help, she may just find a way to save her sisters while discovering how to stand up for herself. If she lives long enough.
Review: I enjoyed this one as much, if not more than, the first book. While Mine to Spell focuses on Serena’s younger sister Cynthia the story picks up right where it left off in You Are Mine. We see a young woman struggle and fight back against the rules of her oppressive, misogynistic society, and enters a tournament only men are allowed to participate in.
Cynthia is a great character, she is strong and determined, yet you can see that she has been affected by the world. We get to see as she slowly starts to overcome her fears and how she is determined to change the way that her country views and treats women. Yes the world that Janeal Falor has written is very misogynistic, the women are treated as property with no say in anything. This might be off-putting for some readers but I think Falor has done really well building her world, her characters, and enduring the reader to their struggles and their fight. And fight they do.
One thing I really like with this series is that Falor never loses her main plot with the addition of romance. I’ve seen it happen many times when romance is added the fantasy plot suffers but not here. Falor does a great job balancing the two to the point that they just enhance each other and make reading the book that more enjoyable.
Overall this is a series that I thoroughly enjoy reading and I look forward to reading more in this series and from Janeal Falor.
Recommendation: Definitely, this is a must read
I received an ARC of this book from the author. This in no way affected my review.