She just doesn't know it yet.
Sara is the daughter of a disgraced imperial commander, executed for desertion. Sara is also the best duelist and hand-to-hand combatant in Sandrin. She lives quietly with her family’s shame but when challenged about her family’s honor, her opponent inevitably loses.
On the night she finds out her father’s true last actions, she takes the Mercenary Guilds’ vows to serve in the emperor’s army. Using her quick wits and fierce fighting skills, she earns a spot in the first division.
There she discovers secrets the mages on both sides would prefer stay hidden. Dark enemies hunt her and soon it's not just Sara questioning the motivation behind this war.
While fighting mages, blackmailing merchants and discovering new friends, Sara comes across something she’s never had before - passion. The question is - can she fight for her empress against a mage who might unwittingly claim her heart?
This is year one of the Initiate Wars. Sara is hoping it doesn't become the year she dies.
Seeing a women, Sara, taking the roll of protector was something I enjoyed. Not only was she strong, but she was also quite smart. With this being a YA story, I felt she was a good influence on young women. I'd also like it known that Ezekiel is already my favorite, and I'd be very upset if anything were to happen to him.
I really liked the narrator of the audiobook, Sylvia Roldn Dohi. I felt she did a great job getting into each of the characters. I was quite impressed with her performance and would be interested in listening to more stories narrated by her.
The story itself is a bit repetitious, but it was still an enjoyable and I look forward to reading the next book.