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Contributor(s): Holland, Sara
ISBN: 0062653652     ISBN-13: 9780062653659
Publisher: Harperteen
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: January 2018
Annotation: In a land where the rich are able to hoard time, Jules Ember returns to the estate where she and her father used to be servants and where the youngest son of an aristocratic family is planning to marry the daughter of the queen.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Time; Juvenile fiction.
Social classes; Juvenile fiction.
Weddings; Juvenile fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017942898
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.50" W x 1.25" (0.96 lbs) 364 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 October #5)

Set in a world in which blood, iron, time, and currency are inextricably entwined, Holland's complex debut novel blends myth, palace intrigue, and magic into a tale of self-discovery. To avoid eviction, 17-year-old Jules Ember takes a position at Everless, the estate of the powerful Gerlings. Jules still has feelings for her childhood friend Roan Gerling, but she's terrified of his cruel brother, Liam, who is the reason she and her blacksmith father had to flee Everless in disgrace years ago. Roan is to be married to the sweet-natured Ina Gold, the adopted daughter of the queen of Sempera. Jules's father has warned her about the queen, but Jules makes a shocking discovery and must get close to her at any cost. Holland's lush, intricately drawn world hides an undercurrent of darkness underneath a veneer of beauty and finery, and the twists are genuinely surprising. Jules's first-person narration reveals a smart, resilient young woman determined to reconcile her past with an uncertain future. Readers will eagerly await her next journey. A Glasstown Entertainment property. Ages 13–up. Agent: Stephen Barbara, Inkwell Management. (Jan.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 November)

Gr 8 Up—Blood is not only life but currency in the kingdom of Sempera. Blood is turned to money and the rich can buy eternal life. Jules Ember must journey to the palace at Everless and earn enough money to save her father and herself. When they fled Everless 10 years ago, Jules promised she would never return. Above all, her father warned her: stay away from the queen. Jules longs to see Roan, a boy she used to play with who is now in line for the throne, but she hopes she never sees his older brother Liam again. Jules takes a job at Everless right before the queen arrives. The closer Jules gets to the queen, the more she discovers that things are not as they seem. Jules is fearful that her power to stop time will be exposed. Debut author Holland builds this world effortlessly as Everless rises from the first pages in the village of Crofton and its outskirts. Readers will be instantly transported to a world where people travel by horse and kingdoms follow bloodlines. When time stops for Jules, readers will remain spellbound as she describes her surroundings. The author captures a fierce and solid female protagonist in Jules and surprising plot twists and unexpected villains make this series opener the next big thing. VERDICT An action-packed, must-have fantasy for all YA shelves.—Pamela Thompson, Col. John O. Ensor Middle School, El Paso, TX

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