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Feature book: Unlit

27 March 2019

Unlit by Keri Arthur

Series: Kingdoms of Earth and Air #1
Subgenre: futuristic/dystopian romance
Release date: 15 May 2018
Publisher: self-published
Format: ebook and print
Length: 404 pages
RRP: $4.46 (ebook); $28.59 (print)

Keri Arthur has created yet another unique world for this new series. This world is an interesting mix of a dystopian landscape and cities and outposts that have a decidedly Regency feel. Castles, carriages (metal ones that hover), masque balls and privvys! All mixed with some interesting technology, and air and earth magic.

Neve March, a Nightwatch soldier for Winterborne, is ‘unlit’—someone classified as having no magic. Which is not strictly true, but that’s a secret she’s determined to keep; her status would change, and not for the better, if anyone knew. But her link to the powers of air and earth is strengthening and it is getting harder and harder to keep it secret.

Trey Strong is prime of the Blacklake outpost and he is aware there is a traitor at Winterborne. He enlists Neve to go undercover with him at the annual equinox masque, to help uncover the truth. And the truth is much more horrible than they could have imagined.

Keri is hard on her heroines, so it’s lucky she makes them tough! Neve is tough and resourceful, and she will need both these qualities to save the kingdom and earn her HFN. There is full-on action, intrigue and politics—but sadly not much time for developing a meaningful relationship with Trey.

I really enjoyed the characters in this book—it is a shame we won’t meet them again. The second book in the series moves to a different kingdom, set in the same world.

reviewed by Debbie

A review copy of this book was provided by the author.

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