Dev’s world ended when her father died and her mother became the infamous Whisperer of Aris, the head of the spies. Eight years later, her country is slowly dying; the magic fading and the Mist and the monsters in it growing stronger. The chance to not only save her home but also prove herself as a spy to her mother comes in a single mission. A mission different from anything Dev has ever done before: kidnap the most powerful caster from her sister country, Cerena. With danger of discovery around every corner, Dev must choose carefully who she trusts.
Spies, magic, secrets, and an aro/ace lead all wrapped up into one fantastic story? Yes, please! The characters are different from each other and easy to tell apart, but Dev and Alyse, the two main characters, are the only ones with depth. There are some flashbacks that can be confusing, one moment the story is in the present then it’s thrown into the past. The descriptions throughout the story are beautiful; I can easily imagine the magic and the world. The magic system isn’t super in-depth, so it’s not confusing, but it’s enough that it’s believable and has rules.