Book review: 7/10 Published in:English Binding:Paperback Pages:416 Date:2007-09-21 ASIN/ISBN:077830163X Publisher:Mira Books
Choose: A quick death...or a slow poison... About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace - and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust - and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonising death from the poison. As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear...
I found out about this book while I was searching for historical romances. This one didn't seemed to be an usual romance novel. What caught my attention was the cover and the name itself.
As soon as we start reading we are confronted with Yelena, the heroine of the story. Yelena is about to be executed for the murder of Reyad, son of General Brazell, when she is brought with the offer to be the next food taster of the Commander. As soon as she starts training she is poisoned with Butterfly Dust by Valek, a cold-blooded former assassin and now her master, and that's why she needs to take the antidote daily. But as the story intensify we see Yelena learning to become stronger and
Throught out the story we get to know her and how her life at General Brazell's home had been and why did she killed his son.
This book was lent to me by my good friend Whitelady :) who has already read the sequels and because of her review I wasn't sure that if I wanted to read them. But I already have them in ebook because I'm curious about Yelena's journey. And of course about her romance with Valek :) of how it will work out for them.