Sword and Verse Review

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**WARNING: Minor Spoiler**

Title: Sword and Verse

Author: Kathy MacMillan

Publisher: HarperTeen (HarperCollins)

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“Raisa was just a child when she was sold into slavery in the kingdom of Qilara. Before she was taken away, her father had been adamant that she learn to read and write. But where she now lives, literacy is a capital offense for all but the nobility. The written language is closely protected, and only the King, Prince, Tutor, and Tutor-in-training are allowed to learn its very highest form. So when she is plucked from her menial labor and selected to replace the last Tutor-in-training who was executed, Raisa knows that betraying any hint of her past could mean death.

Keeping her secret guarded is hard enough, but the romance that’s been blossoming between her and Prince Mati isn’t helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance–an underground rebel army–to help liberate the city’s slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries–one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.”

I had high hopes for this book. The cover looks amazing and it sounds good right?

Unfortunately, I did not love it. The beginning felt very rushed, almost like it was originally planned to be a series or a much longer book and had to be shortened. The pacing just did not match the ending at all.

Once I got to the middle to end of the book, I enjoyed it. But 3 years in the beginning had to be condensed to make room to linger on the a few months in the end.

Not sure what happened during the editorial process, but I think this book could have been much better.

I don’t think I would have acquired this. I suspect a lot of work went into the editorial process and while that wouldn’t have stopped me (since I am in the beginning of my career, I probably will have to acquire projects that need a lot of work), I am not sure it would be strong enough to get passed my editorial team.

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