“What might happen if writing were a shared endeavor, meant t connect people instead of being hoarded as a tool of power and privilege.”


Raisa was only a child when she was kidnapped and enslaved in Qilara. Forced to serve in the palace of the King, she’s endured hunger, abuse, and the harrowing fear of discovery. Everyone knows that Raisa is Arnath, but not that she is a Learned One, a part of an Arnath group educated in higher order symbols. In Qilara, this language is so fiercely protected that only the King, the Prince, and Tutors are allowed to know it. So when the current Tutor-in-training is executed for sharing the guarded language with slaves and Raisa is chosen to replace her, Raisa knows that, although she may have a privileged position among slaves, any slipup could mean death.

That would be challenging enough, but training alongside Prince Mati could be her real undoing. And when a romance blossoms between them, she’s suddenly filled with a dangerous hope for something she never before thought possible: more. Then she’s approached by the Resistance—an underground army of slaves—to help liberate the Arnath people. Joining the Resistance could mean freeing her people…but she’d also be aiding in the war against her beloved, an honorable man she knows wants to help the slaves.

Working against the one she loves—and a palace full of deadly political renegades—has some heady consequences. As Raisa struggles with what’s right, she unwittingly uncovers a secret that the Qilarites have long since buried…one that, unlocked, could bring the current world order to its knees.

And Raisa is the one holding the key.

Book Details

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published January 19th 2016 by HarperTeen
Original Title Sword and Verse
ISBN 0062324616 (ISBN13: 9780062324610)
Edition Language English
Series Sword and Verse #1

Personal Experiences

For a single day, I read this book nonstop. It is like a romance fantasy book filled with an unpredictable plot, setting, and characters. It is like a mix of Emperor’s Soul with a dash of Throne of Glass and a secret ingredient. Sword and Verses made me want to read all through the night, and only my digital clock showing the time of 2:30 am made me finally dive under the covers. I couldn’t turn those 364 pages fast enough. The story drew me in from sentence one. The author, in my opinion, made a promise in that first paragraph. A promise she kept.
This is fairly new book, published in 2016. The ending to the book is fairly satisfying, and has sense of finality. It does not seem as if there could be a sequel, but the sequel is supposed to release January of 2018. If you want to read this book, but are afraid there will be a cliffhanger ending, go ahead and read the book. The ending is very nice, as I mentioned before, and is a plan of the future. If you’ve read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the ending is similar to that. It has a sense of finality, but still leaves room for the reader to make up what the future of the characters might be.
All in all, this book deserves a five out of five. It is an amazing, fast read, with all the elements of writing placed perfectly. I recommend this book to any looking for either or both a romance or fantasy read. 


“Mati took in my expression, and a moment later I was in his arms. His kisses washed over me like floodwater over parched earth. I clutched him helplessly, tears falling down my face and mingling with his as he whispered my name.”

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Cite this article as: Serene Haroon, "Sword and Verse (Sword and Verse #1) by Kathy MacMillan," in {sereneharoon.com}, April 13, 2017, https://www.sereneharoon.com/2017/04/sword-and-verses-sword-and-verses-1-by-kathy-macmillan/.

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