I received this as an eARC to read for free in exchange for my honest review. Thank you to Celia McMahon and The Parliament House for giving me access.
Author: Celia McMahon
Published by: The Parliament House Press
Publication date: September 17, 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Set in a kingdom of warring lands, demon curses, and hidden magic, UNSPOKEN is a fantasy for fans of Maggie Stiefvater’s Mercy Falls Series and Sarah J Maas’ Throne of Glass.
“You are unbroken.”
Princess Isabelle of The New Kingdom has lived her entire life in the confines of her palace. She spends her time hunting for the poverty-stricken Voiceless-people of the Old Kingdom who warred with her kingdom and ultimately lost-and dreaming of a world beyond the walls of her home. As the only remaining child of the king and queen, she is to be married off by her eighteenth birthday.
“My father said that magic died long ago. It was evil, cursed, and wicked. My father is a liar.”
When Izzy witnesses the use of forbidden magic in the woods outside the palace, she is attacked, and saved by an unknown man. Soon after she discovers her rescuer is a Voiceless servant in the castle named Fray, she befriends him to seek out the magic users who tried to kill her. Fray agrees to help, but not before Isabelle discovers the servant boy harbors a secret the king has tried to bury-that he is a Gwylis, people of the old Kingdom who made a pact with the demons of the underworld for the power to transform into giant ferocious wolves. But to shift into a beast, Fray must be able to speak the words to do so. If he is to thwart the attackers from killing her entire family, Izzy needs to cure the ailment that took away his voice.
“Sometimes one action-one death-can spur a movement, sway the cosmos, and move the stars.”
But curing Fray holds more danger than she ever thought possible. The lies of her parents and the risk of putting her own life on the line deems as destructive as falling for the servant boy. If Isabelle is to save herself and Fray, she’ll need to face enemy Gwylis, cross paths with usurper kings and princes, and decide what side she is on-human or wolf-or lose her kingdom forever.
“I am fearless.”
I have been waiting for this book for months! MONTHS I TELL YOU! And I needed the sequel like yesterday.
Can I just say, I applaud Celia McMahon for incorporating sign language into the story. We need more stories that support people with disabilities. Even if the disabilities are caused by magic or potions.
This is not your typical wolf story, it is better. There is so much that happens and I was hooked from page one! Move over Jacob, there is a new wolf boy in town. And honestly, he is better than you. (Twilight jab #sorrynotsorry).
It was refreshing to see that Isabella wasn’t hell bent on pleasing a man. She definitely has Merida – from Brave – vibes. She is independent and has a trusty bow and arrows. Her choices are for the love of her people and her heart.
So what side does she choose? You’ll have to give this a read to find out. You will not be disappointed.
What do you think about Unspoken? Are you going to give it a read? Let’s talk about it in the comments!
All my love, always