Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors.
Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe.
What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series
This story was a non-stop action packed suspense! Zo offers herself to the Ram clan under the guise of being a Nameless and a healer. She has to prove herself to stay and the Ram never quite believe she is Nameless because her features are too pronounced to claim so. This is why she keeps her face covered in mud. She has to stay within the Ram walls long enough to investigate a way to break their barriers so the uniting groups outside the wall can conquer and destroy the Ram's destructive ways.
The Rams are a group who are out to destroy others for their own benefit. They kill, torture and ravage the lands of the others. It was the Rams whom killed Zo and Tess's parents among mass destruction to many lands. The Rams are now in search of food stores and procreation to strengthen their numbers. Zo is only considered to enter and prove herself because she claims to be a healer. The first of her patients is a young teen, Joshua. Who thankfully not only survives but becomes a great ally to Zo along with his brother Gryphon.
The writer was able to keep the same dark, brooding feeling to the complete story. There was never any down time as the plot continues to twist throughout the book. They have several obstacles along the way as they are trying to find a way to escape after the information they gained is found. Raised never to trust outsiders Joshua and Gryphon soon find out it is more difficult than they thought when Zoe challenges their beliefs, along with her own to to not only gain friendship, but also love.
I really enjoyed the read, the pacing, world building and characters were all very interesting and thick skinned. I've rated this story 4 stars, I recommend it.
With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington and appreciate the finer points of ancient battle stratagem. (Seriously, she’s obsessed with ancient warfare.) However, life had different plans in store when the writing began. As a proud member of Writers Cubed, and a co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, she feels blessed to be able to fulfill both her ambition to work with teens as well as write Young Adult fiction.
Jennifer has three children who are experts at naming her characters, one loving, supportive husband, a dog with little-man syndrome, and three chickens (of whom she is secretly afraid).
I received a free copy from Month9Books for review.