In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything – even time. Ever since the age of alchemy and sorcery, hours, days and years have been extracted from blood and bound to iron coins. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry.
Jules and her father are behind on their rent and low on hours. To stop him from draining himself to clear their debts, Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family.
There, Jules encounters danger and temptation in the guise of the Gerling heir, Roan, who is soon to be married. But the web of secrets at Everless stretches beyond her desire, and the truths Jules must uncover will change her life for ever … and possibly the future of time itself.
The blurb of this book pulled me right in. A world where time and blood are literally money – what an interesting new fantasy concept.
A lot of the world building was fairly sparse, I still have no real concept of how Sempera fits with the rest of the world. The ‘magic’ system of bleeding yourself to turn the time in your blood into coins was well explained though- fitting nicely into the story without being an info-dump.
This book avoided a lot of the standard YA tropes such as insta-love (although it came rather close) I could have done with Jules doing less pinning over Roan. It didn’t really add anything to the narrative and she was 7 years old the last time she saw him – not an age one generally falls in love.
I found the story really picked up in the last third to become a proper page turner. Some of the ‘twist’ seemed fairly obvious while other parts did manage to surprise me which is always nice.