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Sentenced to death by the man she loves . . .
Jade has no control over her future. She is the Emmía, the girl whose magical blood keeps her kingdom’s cursed soil fertile and ensures the survival of her people. But her destiny is ruined when pirates take her magical medallion, the loss of which is treasonous, and the prince she loves is honor-bound to sentence her to death.
Forced to flee to the pirate she hates . . .
Jade escapes from prison, but her sister is captured and will die in her place unless Jade returns with the medallion still on the pirates’ ship. In disguise, she joins the pirate crew where she finds herself drawn to the first officer, William, and his claims of the crown’s hidden brutality in the kingdom. But when Jade learns the fate of every Emmía before her, she is finally forced to choose her own destiny: die a martyr or live a rebel.
I chose Pieces of Jade by Lani Woodland and Melonie Piper as my First Book of 2014, and I am so glad that I did! This is a fantastic five-star read.
Pieces of Jade by Lani Woodland and Melonie Piper is the fantastic story of Jade, the Emmía, whose blood is sacred to her kingdom. Her blood is what keeps the soil fertile and the kingdom thriving. She feels honored to server her kingdom, though she knows she will die young in child birth due to her frequent blood sacrifices and not having a strong constitution.
When a mistake and series of circumstances end with Jade losing her medallion and having to throw her lot in with pirates, she feels like all is lost. Little does she know, she is right where she should be. This story has excitement and adventure. I loved all the different elements brought together. The Emmía possesses her own strong magic, just waiting to be unbound. There are witches, pirates, and those who would stop at nothing to have the Emmía and control her power.
Pieces of Jade is the first in the Pirates of Orea series and I truly cannot wait to read the next one. This is the book I chose as my first book to start reading in 2014. I am so happy I did. It delivered exactly what I was hoping: magic, adventure and love.
Source: I purchased this book from Amazon on my own.
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