Sahara H Reviews: Trickery by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington

Willa Knight: Dweller. Slave. Non-magical being.  

In Minatsol, being a dweller means that you are literally no better than dirt. In fact, dirt might actually be more useful than Willa. Her life will be one of servitude to the sols, the magic-blessed beings who could one day be chosen to become gods.

At least her outer village is far removed from the cities of the sols, and she won’t ever be forced to present herself to them… Until one small mistake changes everything, and Willa is awarded a position to serve at Blesswood, the top sol academy in the world—a position that she definitely did not earn.

Under the sudden, watchful eye of the gods, she will be tasked to serve the Abcurse brothers, five sols built of arrogance, perfection and power. They are almost gods themselves, and under their service she is either going to end up sentenced to death, or else they are going to ruin her so badly that she will wish for it.

Either way, she is in trouble.

  • Publication Date: February 28, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Purchase from Amazon

So it’s been a while huh guys? I was looking for a quick fun fantasy read and I was not disappointed. Willa is a great character, I thought I would be annoyed by the caste system in the book but it’s addressed lightly and yet seriously. The Dweller-Sol relationship is what drives the initial interaction between Willa and the Abcruse brothers. There are 5 of them, each with a distinct power, kind of like a hot Power Rangers thing going on. In all seriousness, the book reads like a reverse harem story – namely one girl, a ton of guys to choose from. You’ll probably find a favorite – mine is Persuasion as of right now. This is not a deeply dramatic read, but the world-building is done well and tight. The take on mythology of the gods is unique, the gods are nicely portrayed not as infallible but creatures prone to spite and boredom. The school of gods setting, Blesswood, is also a nice take on the usual school full of magical beings. I wish we did get more information on the other students besides Willa’s best friend and her best friend’s love interest. Instead, the other students aren’t focused on – the real deal here is Willa’s relationship with the 5 brothers. This book is more young adult, there’s nothing scandalous besides some kisses. I do predict Willa will end up choosing one of the 5 brothers, so place your bets as to who that might be. The powers of the brothers are interesting: Strength, Trickery, Persuasion, Seduction  and Pain. That’s a pretty broad spectrum of powers and how the brothers balance each other out also plays a huge role in their relationship with Willa. I expect the balance to shift and powers to go out of control as the relationship between the brothers and Willa is tested. I also have a theory involving Willa and the Chaos god, Raun, maybe you’ll see that when you read it. Overall, quick read, enjoyable characters and looking forward to the next release in April.

4 Out of 5 Stars

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