the Harbinger series
By Jeff Wheeler
Friendship is strained to its breaking point in Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jeff Wheeler’s fourth Harbinger novel.
When the emperor is assassinated, Sera Fitzempress is the noble most eligible to inherit the empire. Her upcoming marriage to the prince would cement her position. And as a champion for peace, Sera is the only promise of hope for staving off war between the worlds of Kingfountain and Muirwood. But standing between her and her enemies is just one devastating secret.
Sera’s best friend, Cettie, a girl born of a lower class, has made a shattering discovery: her entire existence has been a lie. Now Cettie must give up the only life she’s known and fought for and leave behind the man she loves to stop Sera’s wedding. For this discovery could bring the whole of Kingfountain to ruin.
As Cettie struggles to determine her true loyalties and loves, her allies fall to wicked plots, and she becomes increasingly alone on her journey to a destiny she never wanted—one that could ignite an unstoppable war. (Courtesy of goodreads.com)
Adult Point of View
I’ve enjoyed Wheeler’s writing since I first happened upon The Queen’s Poisoner (great title) and the entire Kingfountain Series. In the Harbinger Series, the worlds are connected from his previous writing. The focus has been on two characters and their friendship. Sera Fitzempress and the orphan Cettie. You could call it a rags-to-riches story, or the poor little rich girl, or trading places, but none of these really covers the scope of their character arcs. I love it because they have a deep abiding friendship through the trials they face. However, in this installment, the stakes are even higher. Lies and deceit mislead both young women.
In typical Wheeler fashion, you will be on the edge of your seat with the twists and turns. I don’t want to spoil it for you but can say that I never saw it coming. Sure, you might have an inkling, but you won’t guess the outcome. I’m anxious for the next book in this series to find out what happens next and to learn if their friendship survives.
5 out of 5 stars
If you love Jeff Wheeler, check out Patrick W. Carr and his Cast of Stone book opening his Sword and Staff series- I love his characters too. If you need the best laugh in a month, try reading E.M. Foner – his Union Station books are one of my favorites.