Magic. Romance. War.
Before the age of seventeen, the young men and women of Jerar are given a choice —pursue a trade or enroll in a trial year in one of the realm’s three war schools to study as a soldier, knight, or mage…
For fifteen-year-old Ryiah, the choice has always been easy. Become a mage and train in Combat, the most prestigious faction of magic.
Yet when she arrives, Ry finds herself competing against friend and foe for one of the exalted apprenticeships. Everyone is rooting for her to fail—first and foremost among them is Prince Darren, the school prodigy who has done nothing but make life miserable since she arrived.
Will Ry survive, or will her dream go down in flames?
First Year was a great start to this new series that I started. It has magic, enemies to lovers, a realistic protagonist with flaws, twists, and turns, and some good action. The author gave us exactly what she said she would in the synopsis and I loved it so much. Ry is a really great protagonist that we got to see continue to grow throughout the book and the rest of the books. The romance is not overbearing and for any enemies to lovers fans, this one is so good. Darren is a great love interest and I adore him so much. Book one is all about Ry learning to become a powerful mage and it’s great because the author didn’t make her the most powerful. We got to read about her struggles and how she grew to become powerful.
Vain? Perhaps. Ambitious? Definitely. But that’s the kind of mage Jerar needed. You didn’t become the most powerful country from shaking hands.
“That one may not have your skill, but at least she’s willing to learn…But each year I’ve been here, there’s been one or two lowborns who shame all that extra coin your families put to use. It’s the ones who need to learn you should be worried about. They work twice as hard…The worst thing wealth does is give those who have it a false sense of security…You stop trying as hard, and there’s always another who will gladly take your place.”
“The people who tell you what you want to hear are the most dangerous enemies you’ll ever meet.”
Darren smirked. “We all know you have a temper.” I glared at him. “Only where you’re concerned. The buildings are safe.” Instead of scowling, he laughed. “It’s good to see you’re back.” I guffawed. “What does that mean?” “You were sad.”
“You are…You are possibly the one good thing about this place.”
“I am going to do something against my better judgment,” he said softly. His eyes were like two embers as he reached down to put one hand against my waist and the other underneath my chin. “You can scream obscenities at me after.” And then he kissed me.
“…I’ve come to the conclusion that somewhere along the lines of this year, I went mad.” The prince gave me a wry smile. “Luckily for me, it seems to only pertain to things that involve you.”