Today I am doing a review of a short story fantasy by Annamaria Bazzi.
Blurb: Left an orphan, Kendíka cries herself to sleep and startles awake in a Regency castle. Terror consumes her, and she attempts to escape only to discover the new world is her prison. Having no choice, she attends a ball given by her guardian, Lord Deverow, to introduce her into society. He admonishes her to follow the rules and promises to protect her from the wrath of the strange, hazy set of eyes spying on everything. But when she ignores his warning, Kendíka learns firsthand what it means to be disobedient.
My review: After Kendika’s parents die she is told by the family lawyer she must go to live with a cousin of her fathers since she is underage. Seeing that she is distraught the lawyer gives her a pill to relax. Next thing she knows is she wakes up in a castle in a time that does not resemble anything she is use to. The clothes she is given and everything around resemble a time long past in history. She soon realizes that she is basically a prisoner. Worse than that there are sinister eyes in the sky and anyone who challenges the live they are given to live gets turned into a swan. The book ends way too soon. I gather there is more to come and this is but book one. We are left to find out if she becomes the next black swan or if she can find her way back to her world. The book seems to skip around just a little but it is a good read and I want to find out more. I feel this book only missed a five star review because it did not flow very well in some areas and the main character, a sixteen year old, from today’s time would not have been so compliant to what was going on. She would have cause a lot more trouble in the beginning. I give the book a 4 star rating.