On These Black Sands

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Selestra has spent her whole life trapped in a castle, waiting for the day she takes her mother’s place as the King’s right hand, where she’ll steal the souls of mortals every year to keep him alive. When Selestra predicts the death of a high-ranking soldier, her fate is tied to him. In order for them both to survive, they form an uneasy alliance, face death, and travel across the sea to search for a myth that may kill the immortal king once and for all.

Selestra is a girl trying to free herself from a fate she doesn’t want and will do anything to do it. Her arc is all about growing into who she is, and that she cares a lot more than she let on. Nox is arrogant and remains arrogant, but not everyone needs life-changing arcs. I loved his character and his best friend, who tries to keep him on track. The magic system isn’t well defined, it’s as if anything could happen and needed a few more rules than it had. The story is fast-paced and easy to read, once I started, I couldn’t put it down.

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Author Alexandra Christo
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 416 pages
Publisher Feiwel & Friends
Publish Date 11-Oct-2022
ISBN 9781250841742 Buy this Book
Issue December 2022
Category Young Adult