Renee de Winter wants nothing more than to serve the Crown. But as the only girl left in her class of cadets, and with one cadet getting cut by the end of the year, she has much to prove. What she needs to do is focus on her studies and swordsmanship–especially since the new trainer is Commander Savoy of the famed Seventh squad.
However, when sinister events start to brew, she can’t help but jump into the middle of it, feet-first. She no longer worries about surviving another year as a cadet–she worries about surviving the year at all.
With a few good twists and more action than anything else, this was a fast-paced read that I flew through. While the ending tied up the loose ends, it was also open enough to suggest the possibility of a sequel. Romance is minimal and cloudy, making this a perfect read for anyone looking for a tale of decisions, corruption and loyalty.
Reviewed by Marissa, grade 11