**I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.**
“It started with a dream.”
I think there are no truer words. Every self discovery path starts with a dream.
Simon Baroba doesn't want to be a merchant like his father is. He wants more; he wants to see the world. That's why he enlists in a legion of the Republic of Pazh: to build a name for himself and his family.
Six months later, he finds himself in a terrifying battle and must escape to report what his human eyes see but cannot believe: something too dark that destroys the 7th Legion. So he is charged with the task of warning the Senate about the strange fire that consumes everything in its path, but politics is part of an intricate world he knows nothing about. In the middle of it all, he meets Elysia, a woman who can create statues that seem too real to be only that. And he also discovers that he has a gift—and a strange one at that—but he must hide it if he wants to stay alive.
Creativity is no longer a part of the Pazian nation. Imagination is a dangerous thing in a world where everything is done the way it is said that it should be done.
But Simon's gift may be the only one that can save them all, before the darkness destroys the whole Republic of Pazh.
I really enjoyed this book. It was very well written—so much that you can imagine yourself there. It has an ending, even though it's the first book of a series, and I appreciate that.
“Funny how dreams were becoming a reality of late.”