Once there were two sisters born with a bond so strong that it forged them together forever. Roa and Essie called it the hum. It was a magic they cherished—until the day a terrible accident took Essie’s life and trapped her soul in this world.
Dax—the heir to Firgaard’s throne—was responsible for the accident. Roa swore to hate him forever. But eight years later he returned, begging for her help. He was determined to dethrone his cruel father, under whose oppressive reign Roa’s people had suffered.
Roa made him a deal: she’d give him the army he needed if he made her queen. Only as queen could she save her people from Firgaard’s rule.
Then a chance arises to right every wrong—an opportunity for Roa to rid herself of this enemy king and rescue her beloved sister. During the Relinquishing, when the spirits of the dead are said to return, Roa discovers she can reclaim her sister for good.
All she has to do is kill the king.
La Légende d'Iskari, Tome 2 : The Caged Queen
Her sister said it would take a year to raise an army, bring down a tyrant, and marry a king.
Roa had done it in just three months.
And now here she sat, at the carved acacia table polished to a sheen, in the smallest pavilion of her father’s house. It smelled smoky-sweet from the heart-fire, and Essie perched on her shoulder, her talons clenching and unclenching, while Roa’s bare feet tapped the woven rug impatiently.
Five days of negotiating peace terms was starting to get to the both of them.
The ceremonial weapons of every man and woman present were piled in the middle of the table—long and short knives, elegantly carved maces, gleaming scythes—laid out of reach as a show of trust. Only three chairs sat empty. They belonged to representatives from the House of Sky, and they’d been empty all week—a fact no one was talking about. Least of all Roa.
She stared at the empty chair on the left, imagining the young man who normally sat there. Strong shoulders. Wheat-gold eyes. Dark-brown hair pulled back from his handsome face.
Theo, heir to the House of Sky.
Roa’s former betrothed.
He’s always been stubborn. Essie’s thoughts flooded Roa’s mind as her claws dug into Roa’s skin. But never this stubborn.
Roa traced the delicate wing bone of the white hawk on her shoulder. The bond they shared—something Essie called the hum—glowed bright and warm between them.
I betrayed him, thought Roa. I won’t be surprised if he never speaks to me again.
Their silent conversation was suddenly interrupted by the sound of someone snoring.
The new queen and her hawk looked sharply away from Theo’s chair to the young man seated beside her. The warm afternoon sunlight pooled in through the windows, alighting on his unruly brown curls. His elbow was propped on the table, his cheek rested on his fist, and those long black lashes fluttered softly against his cheeks.
This was the dragon king. Asleep in an important treaty meeting.
This . . . waste . . . was the person for whom Roa had given up everything.
She bristled at the sound of his snores and glanced up to the dozen men and women gathered around the table, all of them representatives of Great Houses in the scrublands.
She prayed they didn’t notice the snoring.
It was a useless prayer. Of course they noticed. Dax had been falling asleep in treaty meetings all week, revealing the truth to everyone: he didn’t care that his father’s sanctions hadn’t been lifted or that Roa’s people were still going hungry.
These were not the kinds of things Dax cared about.
Which was why Roa was here. She’d insisted on traveling across the sand sea and drawing up an official treaty document herself. With a signed treaty, Dax couldn’t continue to break his promises. Not without consequences.
It was why they were all here, in Roa’s childhood home, with their heads bowed over a scroll.
La relation Roa/Essie est pour moi le point fort du roman. Mais le personnage de Dax est aussi à mes yeux important par son caractère assez détestable (Spoiler(cliquez pour révéler)ou pas). Roa est facile à s'identifier et son intelligence nous amène à vivre ses aventures à travers elle. L'atmosphère sombre et de danger est très mise en avant et j'ai beaucoup aimé les enjeux politiques tout au long de l'histoire.
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