by Lauren DeStefano
Balzer + Bray, 2017. 402 pgs. YA Fantasy
Wilhemina is the fourth child and only daughter of the king of Northern Arrod. She has been kept hidden from the rest of the world to serve as a spy for her father, but her life changes on night after she is attacked and discovers she can turn living things to stone with a single touch. After an accident with her eldest brother, Wil is banished by her father and soon finds herself kidnapped by Loom, the banished prince of the Southern Isles, her kingdom’s enemy. Will Wil be able to find a cure for her curse and escape the prince, or will she forever be used as a pawn in the war between the kingdoms?
I found this book to be enjoyable and the basic premise of Wil’s power intriguing. Her relationship with her brother is heartwarming and sincere. The relationship between Wil and Loom follows many YA troupes, but has a few refreshing elements that make it unique. I am excited for the next book which will be released in winter 2018, just to see how Wil handles her family and the growing conflict between the two kingdoms. This is a great book for people who love fantasy, strong female characters, or authors like Brandon Sanderson or Shannon Hale.