I have never read anything by this author, but I loved this book so much that I immediately bought the second book after I finished the first. In fact, I think I like the second one even better!
Sora is the main character. She is a noble, but part of the second tier. This simply means she is a lower class of nobility. She has never traveled off her father’s manor and her father is rarely present. However, when we first meet her, she is preparing for her 17th birthday party and her father (and many first tier nobles will be present). The purpose is for Sora to acquire a husband. It is this night, that Sora decides she will run away. She plans to leave after her big dance (called “the blooming”). Her plans don’t go as expected as she is kidnapped before she can even runaway. Sora finds herself plunged into a world of magic. She thought magic had died decades ago, but finds that the five races are all dead and her mother’s necklace (the cat’s eye) is very powerful on its own. It is because of this necklace that her kidnapper won’t let her leave. She ends up traveling hard and fast with her kidnappers, learning how to protect herself and living off the land. She always wanted adventure, but she pictures it a little more luxuriously than she is experiencing it. By the end of the book, she is no longer a prisoner, and her band of kidnappers has grown smaller. When they leave her, she is actually hurt and wants to be with them.