Ellary Dane knows she deserves to die - but not for a crime she didn’t commit.
She believes her 19 year streak of bad luck is over when she accidentally saves the life of a highborn officer and is taken to court to study under the tutelage of the most renowned healer in the kingdom. Suspicions surround her sudden presence, making her more enemies than allies. She soon finds herself ripped from her warm palace sheets and thrown into a dank prison cell.
As nobles vie for their spot on the throne, Ellary learns she is bound to a secret history that could change the kingdom forever. If she is going to break her chains, she must trust the charming stranger labeled as her accomplice and face the lie that pushed her into the silent warfare of highborn society.
"Murdering a highborn officer of the crown. Lying to King Lorron himself. Even if I make it out of this alive, retribution will surely be waiting patiently for me in the afterlife" (Roberts, 51).
Sigil in Shadow is a novel about a lowborn girl who is summoned by the king to re-create a potion that supposedly brought an officer back to life from the dead. Only, she doesn't know if the potion actually revived the officer she assaulted, or just awoke him from unconsciousness. Summoned to the crown, Ellary finds she has no choice but to stay and re-create the potion. The problem? She has no idea what ingredients were put in to make it.
The book opens up with the main character, Ellary Dane, getting home and hearing her father fighting with an officer in their stable. She decides quickly to hit the officer over the head with a shovel to get him off of her father, knocking him unconscious, or killing him. She doesn’t know which.
The quick action at the beginning of the book was a really good way to pull someone into the story, and it made me want to read more. The story was set in what seemed like the late 1600's with the royalty and the clothes that they wore. The book is written in present tense, first person, which seems rare in indie books lately, and I enjoyed it.
I liked that the story isn't just restricted to one particular event that is drawn out. We are with Ellary for a little over a month throughout her time with the king. I enjoyed the adventure we went through and it was great because the movement of the story kept it interesting.
Ellary Dane is the main character of this novel, and she fits there perfectly. We got to follow her character development throughout the story and see what the changes in her life did to change her. She is the perfect role model for a lot of people born in a lower class society.
Other characters like Denzil and Gadiel were entertaining as well. They were more so side characters, but had a great impact on the story. Their personalities complemented the story perfectly and made it more realistic to real life.
The theme of this novel is along the lines of just because you come from a lower class doesn't mean you can't be just as good or even better than people in a higher class. This is something that is very important for people, especially kids, to learn early on.
There were a lot of different ways that the story could have went, which was really good for keeping my attention. The story wasn't entirely predictable, which is a key element in keeping the interest of your readers, and Roberts did an amazing job at doing so. However, I did find that the ending was a bit rushed, if not forced.
Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. I was told there will be a second book to the series, and I can't wait to see where the next adventure takes me. Roberts did a wonderful job with her story and heart captivating characters, and I certainly can't wait to read the next one. I give this novel 5 out of 5 stars.
Constance Roberts is a retired flight attendant who turned in her wings to stay at home with her adventurous daughter and to write. She and her husband live in St. Louis, Missouri where they spend the weekends playing board games with friends. She spends way too much time on Pinterest and her house is littered with half-finished craft projects. She is currently working on Bloodstones, the second book in the Onyx Moon Trilogy, and has big plans for another fantasy series.