After reading Heidi Catherine’s book The Soulweaver I jumped at the chance to read another book by this author.
When the King owns your words, who will own your heart?
Manipulated by a vicious King, Jeremiah is stripped of his identity and forced into a life of silent submission as a Whisperer. Allowed only to speak at the command of the King, one thousand Whisperers must line up in rows and chant their sadistic ruler’s darkest desires. As each evil wish comes true, the King’s power over his impoverished kingdom grows.
When Jeremiah’s fears for the family he left behind are confirmed, he turns in desperation to the most unlikely person for help—the King’s eldest daughter. But is Princess Rose as kind as she is beautiful, or will she lure him into a trap?
To save those dearest to him, Jeremiah has no choice but to put his trust in Rose, whose own life is threatened as her father prepares to clear the path to the throne for his newborn son. Together they embark on a bold plan to overthrow the King and set the Whisperers free.
As love blossoms in this most unlikely place, Jeremiah and Rose must discover how to use the power of the spoken word to conquer more than just the kingdom. They will need to conquer their hearts.
The first book in the spellbinding The Kingdoms of Evernow series, this is a must-read by award-winning author, Heidi Catherine.
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I always get a bit worried when I read a book that I’ve really enjoyed by an author and then sit down to read another in case its not as good as the last one. Luckily in this instance, it has instead made me very sure that I can pick up a Heidi Catherine book and be transported into a clever and enjoyable story.
The concept of the book is fantastic and the world was built effortlessly, usually with a fantasy book I expect it to be quite slow to start because it takes some time to set the scene but with this book, the pace was quick and exciting from the start. We get to hear from quite a few different characters, mostly Jeremiah, Rose, and Micah, but there are also little bits from the King and Queen, that build this great picture of how the characters find themselves at the present moment.
Obviously, I was rooting for Jeremiah and Rose straight away, wanting them to break away from their oppression. I love how strong Rose is as a character, at first I thought she was just oblivious but then as the story moves along you realise how clued up she is. Micah’s rebelliousness was brilliant and that she put herself in danger to try and free her brother. I love that whilst there was the romance aspect between Jeremiah and Rose, there was also the sibling relationship between Jeremiah and Micah that got just as much attention.
I could really feel the suspense building throughout the book, you just never know what was going to happen next and as the stakes got higher for all the characters involved it really became edge of my seat reading. I really didn’t want it to end, at all.
I will definitely be looking out for more Heidi Catherine books in the future but definitely want to read the next book in this series, I feel like it could end up being a firm favourite.
Heidi Catherine is an award-winning fantasy author and hopeless romantic.
Her debut novel, The Soulweaver, won Romance Writers of Australia’s Emerald Pro award and was published by Crooked Cat Books as the first book of a trilogy. After being named as a highly commended author in The Hope Prize, Heidi’s story, The Extra Piece, was published by Simon & Schuster in a collection of stories about disadvantage in our community. She was also a finalist in Romance Writers of Australia’s Little Gems competition four times.
She lives in Australia, not able to decide if she prefers Melbourne or the Mornington Peninsula, so shares her time between both places. She is similarly pulled in opposing directions by her two sons and two dogs, remaining thankful she only has one husband.
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