My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won’t find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could’ve been better or what worked or didn’t work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it’s here I probably think it won’t injure your brain if you read it.
In a re-imagined historical world where magic matters as much as money, Anna Arden only has one. She is Barren, a member of high society that cannot call magic. Not only that, but whenever Anna is near magic, spells seem to backfire. When she accidentally ruins her older sister’s spell at her debutante ball, Anna’s family sends her away to her grandmother in Hungary.
There she meets her cousins, as well as Romani Gabor, who believes that Anna does indeed have an ability – that negating magic is in fact, her skill. Unrest is spreading across the country, anger against the Luminate – the reigning magical circle, who keep magic sequestered away from the general population.
Romani knows that not only the wealthy can wield magic – anyone can. But the Luminate has long fought to keep magic out of the hands of anyone they deem unworthy. Anna could be the key to changing that, if she can learn how to use her skill to break the spell that keeps magic from all but the wealthy. But to do so means betraying the world she was born into.