Mine to Spell
by Janeal Falor
When Cynthia's oldest sister was freed and her father was defeated and imprisoned, Cynthia and the rest of her sisters thought they would finally be able to control their own destinies. After a lifetime of being owned by her father and forced to suppress her natural abilities, Cynthia might finally be able to practice magic.
But things are never that easy.
When death threats start appearing during family gatherings, Cynthia realizes that she must sacrifice her own happiness and be sold to a new master in order to keep her family safe.
After the contract is signed, her new master takes her away and tries to steal her magic, so Cynthia fights back. Suddenly she has made herself a free woman... and a target.
Her sister can't help her now; she must prove her ability on her own, though she does have the help of a very handsome stranger from another land.
Now Cynthia has one chance to prove that women can be as strong and as powerful as the men of her country, or die trying.
Final thoughts: This is a sequel and I read the first book awhile ago, so it took some time to get back in the swing. I didn't love it like I remembered loving the first one. I missed Serena and the switch to her sister's POV was disconcerting. Cynthia had some good moments, but she was really all over the place. I think the author was going for strong and sincere, but worried for her family, and instead Cynthia came off as never able to have a consistent thought or feeling. She's naive and constantly doubting absolutely every thought, feeling, and decision she has or has made. The middle of the book was good, but the beginning and end were weak.