Chapters 4 – 6
Chapters 7 – 8
Chapters 12 – 14
Chapters 15 – 17
Chapters 18 – 19
Chapters 20 – 22
Chapters 25 – 27
So I can’t really talk about the story part without spoilers, instead I will say that I thought gender identity conversation was good.
BTW, the cliffhanger chapters in this book- ohhhhh
It is a struggle to put down. My recommendation? Don’t.
The was a brief moment when I thought I would be quite ill but thankfully Zhi rectified that by severely kicking someone.
The change of voice has thrown me. Suddenly I’m being talked to by Zhi, and on top of that it’s like I’m a little child. I sort of get why but it feels jarring after the rest of the book.
Zhilan was assigned female at birth; despite an unusual gift for illusions, they know they will live out their life in the perfumed confines of the women’s quarters. But when civil war sets the country aflame, Zhilan is the only one who can save their disabled Father from death on the battlefield.
By taking his place.
Surviving brutal army training as a male recruit – Zhi – is only the first challenge. Soon Zhi’s unique talents draw them into an even more perilous fight, in the glittering court of the Land of Dragons, where love and betrayal are two sides of the same smile. The fate of an Empire rests on Zhi’s shoulders. But to win, they must first decide where their loyalty, and their heart, truly belongs.