I received an ARC of this book for an honest review from the publisher through NetGalley.
Sworn to an ancient god of darkness, Jae Hwa fights to gain her freedom and restore the balance of Korea… but first she must gain back the trust of her loved ones.
Jae Hwa Lee spent her sixteenth year in Seoul, trying to destroy the evil immortals who had been torturing her family for centuries. The last thing she expected was to be forced to become their assassin. Trapped in the darkest part of the Spirit World as a servant to the Korean god Kud, fighting to keep her humanity, and unable to contact her loved ones, Jae Hwa is slowly losing hope. Kud, god of darkness, will do anything to keep her as a pawn in his quest for power over all of Korea, her entire family thinks she’s dead, and Jae’s true love, Marc, believes she is lost to him forever.
When Kud sends Jae to find and steal the powerful Black Turtle orb, Jae sees an opportunity to break free and defeat Kud once and for all…but first she needs to regain Marc’s trust and work with him to vanquish the darkness that threatens to overwhelm Korea. There’s much to lose as Jae struggles to save the land she’s come to call home
The story begins with everyone thinking Jae Hwa is dead. She is not dead however but is trapped in the spirit world and forced to serving Kud, the very evil she wants to defeat. She now bears his mark in an effort to protect her loved ones and to save her homeland, Korea.
How will she able to convince Marc that she is on the side of good while bearing the mark of the evil that is Kud? Will she have the strength and resolve to stand against Kud for the good of Korea and the whole world? She won’t have a choice!
Jae Hwan is a strong decisive and noble character with a no-holds bar attitude and fighting style. She is far from perfect but is fiercely loyal to her friends and family and combines brains and brawn to the detriment of those who would try to hurt them.
There are no shortages fo fighting scenes and the story moves along at a quick pace which leaves no room for boredom. The author’s attention to detail is remarkable and really serves to bring the spirit world and its inhabitants to life with vivid descriptions and imagery.
There is a definite manga feel to this novel combined with elements of asian folklore to deliver an action packed read and engrossing read.
I would recommend this to lovers of manga, and anyone who loves their books filled with fast- paced action and a butt-kicking heroine.