The ancient world of magic is no more. Its heroes are dead, its halls are ruins, and its great battles between Light and Dark are forgotten. Only the Stewards remember, and they keep their centuries-long vigil, sworn to protect humanity if the Dark King ever returns.
Sixteen-year-old dock boy Will is on the run, pursued by the men who killed his mother. When an old servant tells him of his destiny to fight beside the Stewards, Will is ushered into a world of magic, where he must train to play a vital role in the oncoming battle against the Dark.
As London is threatened by the Dark King’s return, the reborn heroes and villains of a long-forgotten war begin to draw battle lines. But as the young descendants of Light and Dark step into their destined roles, old allegiances, old enmities and old flames are awakened. Will must stand with the last heroes of the Light to prevent the fate that destroyed their world from returning to destroy his own.---from the publisher
464 pages 9780062946164 Ages 14 and up
Keywords: high fantasy, magic, LGBT, fantasy, Victorian era, heroes, heritage, If You Liked Leigh Bardugo, If You Liked V.E. Schwab, 14 year old, 15 year old, 16 year old, trilogy
Will doesn't expect much from life. He's lucky to have a job on a barge so there is something to eat at the end of the day. He is surviving in a world that doesn't care about him. It's a world with little glimpses of light, of kindness, of caring. But since Will saw his mother dying in a pool of blood, since she passed a sense of duty to him for something he has never seen or understood, Will has been on the run.
Violet has slipped aboard the ship to see her half brother, Tom, swear the oath to Simon, Lord Crenshaw. It's a thrilling moment until everything explodes all around them and Violet finds herself in the hold of a ship discovering a boy in chains. Then the water starts to rise and Violet's life is in jeopardy.
Two young people thrown together. Violet knows she is as strong as her half-brother. What she didn't know until this day is that her father has only kept her alive for her half-brother to kill. She simply fills a need.
So the stage is set with Will and Violet caught up in an ancient war that is coming back to London and bringing with it the possibility that the Dark King may be rising and that only one being can stop him.
A brilliant concept littered with valiant souls, unexpected heroes, who may be courageous enough to go to the edge of their own limits on behalf of the Light and all that is good.
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com