Imagine a living prison so vast that it contains corridors and forests, cities and seas. Imagine a prisoner with no memory, who is sure he came from Outside, even though the prison has been sealed for centuries and only one man, half real, half legend, has ever escaped.
Imagine a girl in a manor house in a society where time has been forbidden, where everyone is held in a seventeenth century world run by computers, doomed to an arranged marriage that appals her, tangled in an assassination plot she both dreads and desires.
One inside, one outside
But both imprisoned.
Imagine a war that has hollowed the moon, seven skullrings that contain souls, a flying ship and a wall at the world’s end.
Imagine the unimaginable.
I know, you thought I was going to say Claudia, right? She’s the heroine of the book. The Warden’s daughter caught in a subtle chess game with her father and, ultimately, the Queen.
But would she have survived being the dog-slave to disgusting Winglord Jormanric? Would she have thought to mascarade as deformed and sick? I think not. Attia is a survivor. She disappears when danger sets in and sees through every lie — reading faces and situations with quick precision.
After Finn saves her, she follows him devoutly, to repay the debt. She eventually looks after him, serving as his champion while the rest of the crew argue over him like a prize, not a person.
I love that she sees right through handsome Keiro, and pushes him to be a better man. I haven’t read the second book, but I’m hoping Keiro teaches her some skills with a sword — she’d be unstoppable!
But best of all, she serves the devastating blow to Claudia about the truth of her past — igniting the flame that brings about the crazy conclusion. And in the delivery, she doesn’t even flinch. Now that is guts!