Roselle faces a mind-reeling showdown with the deep state agent controlling her psyche…. Roselle St. Sismode is many things: victim of a conspiracy, unwilling host of an ever-evolving mind algorithm, spy for a rebel army, and heir to the Fate of Swords. As a warrior, she’s also the anticipated main event at the Secondborn Trials. When the opening ceremonies erupt in chaos, Roselle is abducted by a sadistic agent with a diabolical plan: transform Roselle into a mind-controlled assassin to topple society. But a rogue scientist has implanted Roselle with a genius technology that is far more powerful. It renders her untouchable. Faster… Stronger… And maybe immortal!

With her enhanced abilities come the highest stakes yet, as Roselle confronts shifting realities at every turn as well as her own mother’s stunning betrayal. Racing against time with a determined resistance group, can Roselle overthrow the forces of destruction and reclaim the most valuable of commodities – her humanity?


Micro Review (I don’t want to spoil)

2,5 to 3 stars.

I was so excited for this book as I am a fan of Roselle St Sismode through and through. She is the epitome of badass heroine!
I also adored the first two books and Amy left us on a huge cliffhanger with things having taken a turn for the worst!

Yet this story completely missed the mark with me.

Did I love Roselle? Absolutely! She is still a fantastic female character.
Did I get my favorite love interest? Yes and with a cherry on top as Amy has a huge imagination.
Was it boring? Nope.

So why three stars and not four or five?

Because I did not like the spin of the story. The choice made by Amy about that world and its evolution completely took me aback and confused me!
I am so not a fan of Matrix and the likes.
What I would gobble up without any problem in a fantasy my mind simply rejected in this story.
I know that many love that kind of trope in sci-fi books and won’t have the same issues as mine but I could not compute or understand.

Clifton also disappointed me and let’s say that Reykin …lost some of his edge that I so looked after.

But on the bright side we get an unexpected and unconventional gruf bodyguard that I really appreciate here.

So is it a bad book? Not at all! It was simply not the book for me. And let’s note that Amy took a risk here in launching this book on such path. That’s a bold choice, a personal choice that I completely respect. It just did not work for me.
That won’t deter me from reading many more of Amy’s books!

Have you read it? Or had any other series with a last book throwing you for a loop?


Thanks for reading!



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  1. Aw, I am so sorry that the end of this series just wasn’t one for you 🙁 I am glad you still at least liked the characters, even if the plot didn’t work out…

  2. I’m so sorry that this book had a completely different shift in it. I actually liked the Matrix movie and books that are kinda similar to that feel but I have to know from that first book that that’s the road I’m going to be taken down. Here’s hoping that the next series you pick up by her has a beyond fabulous ending!

  3. Was this a sudden shift from the first two books in the series? Maybe, she needed to introduce the fantasy world sooner so it didn’t throw you. Sorry it turned out to be a less-than satisfying read- disappointing.