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Book Review/Tour: Moonfall by Vanessa Morton

BOOK INFORMATION

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Details

  •    Formats: Kindle Edition ASIN: B00K1LMG
  •                                File Size: 454 KB
  •                         Hardcover  ISBN-10: 1909958166/ISBN-13:978-1909958166
  •                         Paper Back
  •                               Print Length: 245 pages
  •    Publisher: WEbook (29 April 2014)
  •    Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  •    Language: English
  •   Synopsis

When sixteen year old Rachav drinks the Moon Temple’s forbidden wine, she hardly expects it to result in         the death of a priestess. But when King Nur orders Rachav to serve the Queen of the Night – the                               kingdom’s powerful goddess – as restitution, Rachav’s identical twin, Zaron, has her own reasons for                   joining the priesthood and offers to take her twin’s place. But choices have consequences. Now Rachav’s            family is in danger. As she uncovers the shocking reason why, she finds an ally in Salma, a brooding                nomad who wields an ancient force powerful enough to destroy the entire kingdom. While the epic                        showdown rages above the city, Rachav plays a dangerous game of her own. Can she rescue her sister and          right the wrongs of that fateful choice?  Or will the king succeed and trap her in the doomed city?

REVIEW

I’d like to  start  by thanking Netgalley and the author for allowing me to read this book as well as Samantha Lien for the book tour asking me to take part in the book tour as it gave me the pushed me to finally read the book.

I thought it would be nice to start my review by including some of the advanced praise for this book, so here it is:

D. Donovan, e-book reviewer for Midwest Book Review: “There’s a journey, there’s danger, there’s sibling interactions from rivalry to love, and there’re political and spiritual threads throughout to keep readers riveted on characters and confrontations. It’s a pleasure to see quasi-history reinforced with a believable scenario (naughty teens stealing something forbidden, caught, and paying for their transgression); and it’s also satisfying to see ‘Moonfall’ evolve into a much wider story than that of simple teen rebellion.”

Jennifer Sadler-Venis, Concourse Online:  “‘Moonfall’ by Vanessa Morton is written as an embroidered historical Biblical fiction, yet it reads as a fantasy and delves into the lives of previously unexplored individuals. A thoroughly enjoyable story that proves itself to be both authentic and engrossing – action packed as it was, by the end I was left wanting more.”

Fay Lamb, author of “Stalking Willow,” “Better than Revenge” and “Charisse”: “Vanessa Morton has infused Biblical history with fiction to produce a novel that brings to life the history surrounding Israel’s entrance into the land of promise. Peering inside both the camp of Israel and Jericho, the clash of societies meet, and God’s promise is fulfilled. The author’s imagination intertwines with fact and tells a story that is not soon forgotten.”

Cynthia T. Toney, author of “Bird Face”: “Through the lovely young Rachav’s eyes, Vanessa Morton gives a stunning, accurately detailed portrayal of the life and times surrounding a real Biblical event in 1406 B.C. The fictional Rachav comes to life and represents women of courage and selflessness – from anywhere and any point in history – who accept and endure difficult challenges presented to them. With beautiful language and poignant
storytelling, Morton inspires today’s young women to be strong in faith and love.
Congratulations to this debut author on a satisfying and memorable read!”

This is an amazing fantastically well written book which was a joy to read. The development of the characters, plot and world was brilliant and evocative which made it a true page turner.

Some of the descriptions of scenes and events happening were so well written that I felt like I was an onlooker in the story, for example when ever the use of incense was described it was done in such a vivid evocative way that I actually felt like I was smelling it my self.

Rachav (according to the bible Rachav was the woamn (protitute) that helped the Isralites to capture the city of Jerico in the Promised land) and Zaron’s parents Ephron (a hitite that sold a cave to Abraham according to the bible) and Isus (an Egyptian goddess) were really strong and important characters who were real family people, their lives revolved around their family. Especially Isus even though she was really Ill through the majority if the book. I loved the way that by the end of the book Isus was almost fully recovered from her Illness and so back at the centre of the family again.

The Journey that Rachav goes on, after getting her twin sister to attend the temple to become a priestess instead of her (her punishment from the King for drinking the temples sacred wine and causing the death of one of the priestess’s), to find her friend Nuzzi to stop him selling his goats to buy her freedom from the temple for her is really interesting. And I loved the way that it became even more interesting from the moment Salma (a feminine given name derived from the Aramaic/Syriac word “shalmana” meaning “peaceful, righteous, honest”) found her unconcious on a rocky outcrop having been attacked by vultures.

All in all this book was amazing especially for a debut novel and the first book in a series, and I would not hesitate to read it again. So as you can probably imagine I can not wait for the next book and would not hesitate to recommend it to other people.

 

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Vanessa Morton

Vanessa Morton is an archaeology junkie and virtual time traveler. She holds a BA in History and studied writing at UCLA.  Morton developed her love for Ancient History in Middle School when she spent a hot summer in her local library where she could  be found reading Greek, Jewish and Persian legends. Now she is living the dream When  she’s not writing stories or exploring  ancient ruins, she can be found with her husband and two daughters at their vineyard in East Texas. www.vanessamorton.com

 

 
Q&A with Vanessa Morton
As part of research for “Moonfall,” you actually visited the ancient city of Jericho. What was that like?
No high-rises or industrial compounds mar the surrounding landscape today, which gives the sense that little has changed over the millennia. Inside the city fortifications, archaeologists have exposed structural walls that would have been coated with smooth plaster and a wash of bright colors.
It was easy to imagine my characters partying by torchlight, while musicians entertained with throaty flutes, pounding drums, and hand-plucked strings. The experience was surreal.

What fascinates you most about the Late Bronze Age?
Sky gods were highly revered, especially the moon god, whose appearance marked the arrival of cooler temperatures each evening. Celestial phenomena regulated even the most mundane activities, for example, digging up certain flowers was only done after sunset.

Do you have to know a lot about history to enjoy reading “Moonfall?”
Open the book armed only with a desire to be entertained. My teen daughters were my initial audience, so Moonfall’s primary focus is on the lives and adventures of two 16-year-old twins who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. As an added perk, Moonfall will immerse you in the exotic culture of
the ancient near east.

In what ways will modern teens relate to sisters Rachav and Zaron?
Regardless of the era or realm, teens face many of the same issues and have similar concerns, for example: am I attractive; can I trust my friends or even my family; or why should I comply with rules that make no sense? Some feelings are hard-wired into our nature: jealousy, loyalty, and the
longing to love and be loved. Then as now, the transition into adulthood is at times awkward, emotional, and downright exhilarating.

What will surprise readers the most about “Moonfall?”
The characters’ resistance to conformance, how they handle the pain of betrayal, and their determination to carve their own path in an adult world, all played out in a mystical realm, where supernatural forces are not only accepted, but expected.

As a world traveler who visits archeological sites, where is the most interesting historical place you’ve explored?
I am intrigued by the enigmatic aura of Jericho, but I also admire the ingenuity of Roman fort construction along Hadrian’s wall in Britain and the haughty desolation of the Mayan pyramids near Cancun. Even newer sites, such as the settlement at Jamestown or the medieval castles of Europe, are
fascinating. It’s impossible to pick only one!

The end of “Moonfall” leaves readers wanting more. Are you working on a follow-up to the story?
Moonfall is the first installment of the “Tales from the Levant” series, and the second book will be coming in 2015. Readers will be happy to see one of their favorite Moonfall characters return for an exciting new role.

 

 

Book Review: A Walk in The Park by Jane Green

BOOK INFORMATION

 

 Details
     Formats:  Paperback    ISBN-10: 0755355857/ISBN-13: 978-0755355853
432 pages
                         Hardcover    ISBN-10: 0755355830/ISBN-13: 978-0755355839
                                432 pages
                         Kindle    ASIN: B00654KLYU
                              File Size: 1528 KB/Print Length: 434 pages
        Publisher: Headline Review (16 Feb 2012)
        Language: English
 Synopsis
    A sweet, funny and romantic novel from the much-loved author, which reached No. 4 in the Sunday     Times hardback bestseller chart. It’s been a while, but Lara Carson’s back in Bath and lives are set       to change as a result. Because Lara left her family and boyfriend Flynn eighteen years ago without a     word to anyone. Why has no one heard from her since? Her childhood best friend Evie is thrilled           Lara’s back and able to share her happiness. Evie’s about to walk down the aisle with her dream           man, Joel. Or so she thinks… Then there’s Flynn Erskine, even more attractive now and stunned to     see Lara again. The spark between them is as strong as ever, but how’s Flynn going to react when         he discovers the secret she’s been keeping from him? Oh yes, there’s a lot of catching up to be done…

REVIEW

I read this short story via book shout and loved it which why I gave it 5 stars.

it is a story of a young woman who’s lost her job & split with her boyfriend who’s betrayed her by sleeping with her ex best friend, so has returned to the family holiday home to live with her mother.

I found it to be a page turner which I finished in about an hour and a half thanks to the authors fantastic writing, character and plot development.

The main character meets the love interest when she’s walking her mothers dog in the local park after his grandmothers dog attacks it. She isn’t looking for another relationship because she’s still not over her ex but she can’t help starting to have feelings for him when she sees how gentle and caring not to say drop dead gorgeous he is. 

The developing love story is nearly halted when she thinks he is a killer as a result of going in to one of the bedrooms and finding a dead body in the bed with medical instruments next to it, when she goes to pick him up for their date, but he manages to put her mind at rest.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jill Mansell lives with her partner and children in Bristol, and writes full time.
Actually that’s not true; she watches TV, eats fruit gums, admires the rugby players training in the sports field behind her house, and spends hours on the internet Tweeting and marvelling at how many other writers have blogs. Only when she’s completely run out of displacement activities does she actually write. 
Follow Jill on Twitter at @JillMansell.

Book Review – Heirs of War by Mara Valderran

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Mara Valderran has been coming up with stories since she could talk, often commandeering her brother’s G.I. Joes to play out her fictional tales alongside her Barbies. Once she hit adolescence and realized playing with dolls wasn’t cool anymore, she started putting her ideas to paper. And she hasn’t stopped since. Mara is more than just a madwoman with a writing box. She lives in the south with her husband and demanding cat. She hopes to one day meet Daniel Jackson from SG1, or at least the actor who played him. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, playing video games, or spending time at her favorite local coffee shop.

 

BOOK INFORMATION

Heirs of War (Heirs of War, #1)

Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1314 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492182044
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FUCAQBQ

BOOK SYNOPSIS

Seventeen year-old Zelene has never believed in magic or been one to trust fate. Prophecies about princesses and long lost families were the stuff of fairy tales and had no place in her life. But then magic-wielding assassins attack claiming she is one of the five Duillaine Ainnir, the next generation of the most powerful women who rule over the worlds. Together, the five girls are prophesized to save the worlds from the war that has been raging for years. 

As their enemies strike, the girls are taken back to their world and discover the ties binding them together. Rhaya has always had an uncanny knack for reading people, but can’t seem to unravel the mystery tying her to Isauria, the new friend she bonded with instantly. For years, Isauria has been dreaming of Terrena, a girl living her life on the run in a magical world ripped apart by the tragedies of war, but Isauria is completely unaware that she is psychically linked to the world she was born in. 

Zelene views them all, especially the elders, with a distrustful eye, familial bonds or no. When she learns that her long-lost twin Ariana has been captured by the rebels, Zelene’s attitude changes. She doesn’t know what she can do when her own magic is still locked within her, but can she trust the elders to rescue Ariana when it seems their medieval politics are what brought about the war in the first place? With all that is at stake, the answer becomes clear to Zelene. 

Screw the worlds. She’s getting her sister back.

 

BOOK REVUEW

Thanks Mara for letting me read and review this book. I loved the book and would give it 5 stars.

The story was amazing and the world building,character/scene descriptions were grate as they made me feel like I was actually experiencing what was happening personally.

It was interesting to see how each of the girls (Ariana, Terrena & Isuraia) dealt with coming into their powers as they did so. Especially Isuraia because although it nearly cost her her life it also enabled her to find her youngest sister Ariana.

I also found it fascinating learning about the world the girls came from its culture and customs.

All in all I can’t wait to read the future books in this series as this was a fantastic start to what I am sure will be a grate series.

Butterfly by Elle Harper

BOOK INFORMATION

Butterfly

Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 452 KB
    • Print Length: 258 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494492377
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Publisher: Wonder Women Publishing Limited (15 Jan 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00HW7B3Q4

Synopsis

Grace Elliot is falling apart. Overwhelming tragedy has turned her world into a dark and lonely place. Facing the pain and the ghosts is impossible. Hiding her secret behind a mask of confidence and faking her life is the only thing she knows how to do. She’s alive…but not living.

Counsellor Ben Hardy is certain he can help Grace heal. Maybe it’s a way to rid himself of the demons haunting him from that one horrific night when his life shattered.

When they meet, everything changes, and their pasts offer them a remedy to save each other…until Ben’s traumatic history threatens to destroy the trust they’ve built.

Will the truth tear them apart? Or will it force them to understand the healing power of forgiveness and love?

BOOK REVIEW

Thank you to Elle and goodreads for allowing me to read this amazing well written book.

This book is well worth the five stars I have given it in fact if I could I would give it far more because it was a difficult subject to write about covered in a very sensitive and funny way.

When i finished reading the book my immediate thought was that it had been written in a way that it could be the journal that the main character in the book wrote during her recovery from her experience & said she wanted to publish.

The story as a whole was fantastic as it was about how different people people recover from different experiences they have in life a survivor of rape, a survivor of the results of a family member being raped and a woman surviving an abortion she had as a teenager.

I really identified with the main character, Grace, of this book as I have was raped by a longtime friend and boyfriend so I went through similar feelings for a longer time afterwards until I eventually saw a counsellor several years after the fact. I also neither screamed nor fought back when it was happening for self preservation purposes as the person involved had Scichzophrenia so I didn’t want to want to trigger him to have an outburst and hurt me.

I loved the developing love story in the book between Grace and Ben because they were so obviously well suited. Which is why I was so upset when it looked like Grace finding out about Ben’s whole past had ruined their burgeoning relationship but thankfully the strength of their feelings for each other won out. 

I fully intend to buy the book in paperback format because its a book that I definitely want on my bookshelf because of the lovely story and amazing writing as well as the beautiful cover art. And I fully intend to recommend the book highly to others as well both in person as well as on my blog.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

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Elle Harper is a pen name of International Bestselling and Award Winning Author Sibel Hodge.

Her work has been shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008, Highly Commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009, Runner Up in the Chapter One Promotions Novel Comp 2009, nominated Best Novel with Romantic Elements in 2010 by The Romance Reviews, Runner Up in the Best Indie Books of 2012 by Indie Book Bargains, and Winner of Best Children’s Book by eFestival of Words 2013. Her novella Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave has been listed as one of the Top 40 Books About Human Rights by Accredited Online Colleges.

For her latest book releases, giveaways, and gossip, why not sign up to her newsletter at: http://www.sibelhodge.com/contact-followme.php

Book review: Nearly Broken by Devon Ashley

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Devon Ashley Devon Ashley (Goodreads Author)

 url        https://www.goodreads.com/devonashley

  born     in Huntington Beach, The United States

  gender   female

  website     http://devonashleywrites.blogspot.com/

  genre     New AdultRomanceFantasy

  influences    Jane AustenJ.K. Rowling

  member since       March 2011

About this author

                                                                                 Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Devon-A…

Ordained awarded 2011 Reader Views First Place for Best Fantasy

Favorite Silly Quote: Cedric didn’t die. Carlisle found him and turned him into Edward.   Interesting Fact: I share my birthday with my favorite author, Jane Austen.

BOOK INFORMATION

Nearly Broken (Nearly, #1)

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1050 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482565080
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D4C3US0

 Book Synopsis

We’d both gone missing at one point, but Claire had one thing I didn’t. Someone to notice. So why was I the one still here and she the one still gone? 

Nineteen year old Megan Smith has spent the past year working in a small town diner in the middle of nowhere. Life is quiet, simple, safe. Then comes the news that her look-a-like has gone missing. 

Claire.

Still damaged both physically and mentally, Megan’s not looking to be noticed. Wherever she goes from here, it’s a road she needs to take alone. But when Nickolas Ellis takes the job as the new nightshift cook, it scares her how easily her defenses crumble down, down, down for him. But there are secrets she can’t bear to share with just anyone, unspeakable acts that continue to haunt, and when the similarities of Claire’s abduction couples with the fear of an unwanted visitor in town, the urge to run before it all happens again intensifies, threatening the only happiness Megan’s ever found.

New Adult Romantic Suspense / Dark Realistic Fiction

REVUEW

First of all I’d like to say thanks to Devon and goodreads New Adult book club read it review it scheme for allowing me to read this book.

I loved the story as the author covered a very difficult subject matter ‘Rape and People Trafficking’ in a very sensitive way. Megan a Nineteen year old girl who was kidnapped on her way to school by a people trafficking for sex ring.

Throughout this book Megan’s character development was fantastic because she went from being a scared girl who didn’t trust anyone after her escape from the sex trafficas and believing she had no family, to being a girl that not only learned to trust people to certain a degree but to get into a relationship as well as to find out that she did in fact have a family and boyfriend that love her. 

It was after returning to her family and finding that her name was actually Clair that she found her self being kidnapped again by the brother of the very man who had kept her imprisoned and who she had inevitably killed him. However this even ends up being a fairly happy occasion as she’s saved by the police and reunited with her family and boyfriend.

The Goddess and the Thief by Essie Fox

Author Biography: Essie Fox

Essie Fox   Goodreads Author

   born                              Hereford, The United Kingdom

   gender                          female

   website                        http://www.essiefox.com

   twitter username    essiefox
   genre                            Historical FictionMystery & ThrillersRomance
   influences                   Dickens. Wilkie Collins. Brontes. Charles Palliser. Michael Cox. Miche…more
   member since            February 2011
I write dark gothic mysteries, all set in the Victorian era.

The Goddess and the Thief – with deposed Indian Maharajahs, Hindu gods and sacred diamonds, and Victorian seances in candlelit rooms – was published in December 2013.

Before that, I wrote The Somnambulist, which is set in the Victorian music halls and a secluded – perhaps haunted – country house. It appeared on Channel 4’s TV Book Club and was shortlisted for best debut in the National Book Awards. It has also been optioned for TV/film by Hat Trick Productions.

My second novel, Elijah’s Mermaid, features the hypocrisy in VIctorian art and literature, and how those worlds sometimes overlap with the murkier demimonde. There are brothels and freak shows…and mermaids!

For much more information please visit my website: www.essiefox.com, or my blog:www.virtualvictorian.blogspot.co.uk

You can also find me on Twitter as @essiefox, and on Facebook as Essie Fox Books.

Book Information
The Goddess and the Thief
     Editions:                Paperback           Kindle
     Pages:                     Paperback      31o           Kindle 310
     Publish Date:       December 5th 2013
     Publisher:              Orion
     ISBN:                       Paperback   409146197 (ISBN13: 9781409146193)
                                        Kindle  9781409146216

other:                      Won this book off of a goodreads giveaway in December

Book Synopsis
A beguiling and sensual Victorian novel of theft and obsession from the author of the THE SOMNAMBULIST.

Uprooted from her home in India, Alice is raised by her aunt, a spiritualist medium in Windsor. When the mysterious Mr Tilsbury enters their lives, Alice is drawn into a plot to steal the priceless Koh-i-Noor diamond, claimed by the British Empire at the end of the Anglo-Sikh wars.

Said to be both blessed and cursed, the sacred Indian stone exerts its power over all who encounter it: a handsome deposed maharajah determined to claim his rightful throne, a man hell-bent on discovering the secrets of eternity, and a widowed queen who hopes the jewel can draw her husband’s spirit back. In the midst of all this madness, Alice must discover a way to regain control of her life and fate…

The Octavian Latticework by Jack Belmont

Author Bio.: Jack Belmont

Goodreads Author

born                                 in New York, NY, The United States
gender                            male
website                           https://www.facebook.com/jack.belmonte.79

twitter username       Jack Belmonte

genre                              FictionThriller
influences                     George OrwellStephen KingChristopher Hitchens
member since             December 2008

Book Information

Jack Belmonte     Pages:                 Hardcover    324        Kindle 324    ebook 305

     Publish Date:   Hardcover  March 27 2013    Kindle /ebook March 17 2013

     Publisher:          Voltaire Publishing

     ISBN:                   Hardcover 0989177513 (ISBN13: 9780989177511)

                                    ebook  9780989177504

    ASIN:                    Kindle B003A02OME

Book Synopsis

America, 2023.

Johnny Luca is a rookie counter-terrorism agent for the U.S. Anti-Subversion Authority. He and his partner, Julius Fullerton, are on the heels of Brigade 910, a domestic terror group led by the shadowy Octavian. Together they stumble upon the nightmarish terror attack that Octavian is planning—a symphony of destruction known as Project Orion.

Meanwhile, Reed Wilkins is a President in crisis. He has vowed to veto the draconian Total Information Awareness Act, a law that would give the government sweeping powers to turn America into a surveillance state. For his opposition, Wilkins knows he will be assassinated—by Alexander Bryson, the ultra-nationalist Director of the Anti-Subversion Authority. Determined to defeat Bryson and destroy the new law, Wilkins reaches out to Agent Hunter Peterson, an old friend and the leader of Luca and Fullerton’s team.

When Luca discovers that his late detective father investigated Octavian in the last year of his life, the young agent sets in motion a chain of events that plunges the team into the heart of both plots—the Project Orion terror attack and the plan to assassinate President Wilkins.

From the streets of Newark to the World Trade Center in Manhattan, through secret passageways beneath Washington to midnight meetings at Arlington National Cemetery, Jack Belmonte’s debut novel will take you to an America under siege, where freedom and tyranny struggle for supremacy at zero hour.

                                                    Publish Date Publisher

About this author

Jack Belmonte lives in Washington, DC.

Dragon Fire by Diana Von Lowenkraft

Author Bio.: Diana Von Lowenkraft

Dina von Lowenkraft

    Goodreads Author

   born                             in The United States

   gender                         female

   website                        http://www.dinavonlowenkraft.com

  twitter username      vonlowenkraft

  genre                               Young AdultFantasyScience Fiction

                                                                     member since              October 2010

Born in the US, Dina von Lowenkraft has lived on 4 continents, worked as a graphic artist for television and as a consultant in the fashion industry. Somewhere between New York and Paris she picked up an MBA and a black belt – and still thinks the two are connected. Dina is currently the Regional Advisor for SCBWI Belgium, where she lives with her husband, two children and three horses.

Dina loves to create intricate worlds filled with conflict and passion. She builds her own myths while exploring issues of belonging, racism and the search for truth… after all, how can you find true love if you don’t know who you are and what you believe in? Dina’s key to developing characters is to figure out what they would be willing to die for. And then pushing them to that limit.

Book Information

Dragon Fire
    Kindle Information:      Pages                           353
                                                    Publish Date            August 5th 2013
                                                    Publisher                  Twilight Times Books
                                                    ASIN                           B00ECNEZ6G
     Book Information         Binding                       Paperback
                                                   Pages                           344
                                                   Publish date              December 15th 2013
                                                   Publisher                    Twilight Times Books
                                                   ISBN                             1606192914
Book Synopsis
Some choices are hard to live with.
But some choices will kill you.

When seventeen-year-old Anna first meets Rakan in her hometown north of the Arctic Circle, she is attracted to the pulsing energy that surrounds him. Unaware that he is a shapeshifting dragon, Anna is drawn into a murderous cycle of revenge that pits Rakan and his clan against her best friend June.

Torn between his forbidden relationship with Anna, punishable by death, and restoring his family’s honor by killing June, Rakan must decide what is right. And what is worth living – or dying – for.