Daleina discovers her ability to control spirits when they come after her village. Unfortunately, she’s only able to save her family, but that opening leads her to pursue the training that may eventually make her the Queen.
This is an interesting world. For some reason, there are spirits, and all they want is the destruction of people. But women have power over them, some more than others. With training, they will become Heirs, and when the Queen dies, the spirits themselves pick the new queen from the Heirs, even as the Heirs compel them to choose. Daleina is not the strongest candidate, but she has a special affinity for the spirits that can make her very effective at controlling them in certain situations. So her training is never entirely certain – can she make a good Heir?
I will say, what happened at the end of this book was very much obvious from what led up to it, but the way things went down is not at all what I was expecting. It turned this book into a lot more of a set up of the story than I had expected, and I’m definitely curious to see what’s coming next.