“Nothing makes a new school suck worse than discovering the guy you’re in love with is your prophesied nemesis.”
Ari is the most powerful flame-throwing sorceress ever. Shane is a well-protected and carefully groomed prodigy. Both are trying to live a normal teenage life; both are destined to meet in a final battle that will end the 300-year-old war between their people.
When Ari shows up at Shane’s school, neither of them realizes they are supposed to be killing each other instead of falling in love.
Feudlings by Wendy Knight was an exceptionally well-written and engrossing book. Wendy captured the teenage voice of her main character masterfully. All of her characters were engaging, but I especially liked Ari. Strong but vulnerable, sassy but soulful, Ari felt instantly relatable. Shane was believably dreamy, and I think that Hunter and Charity were well-developed in their supporting roles.
I loved the action scenes. Wendy has crafted an unusual and interesting take on sorcery that I haven’t seen before. I could easily visualize the battles that beg to be seen on the big screen.
Wendy Knight created tension that builds throughout the story as you wonder what will happen when Shane and Ari finally discover that they are supposed to be mortal enemies. The climactic scene was satisfying, and the final twist compelled me to want to read the next book in the series without detracting from the main storyline.
The romance was sweet, but even more tender were the friendships that develop between Ari and the new group that welcomed her.
I recommend Feudlings to anyone who enjoys the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins and the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. Wendy Knight has earned her place to be considered in the company of those great Young Adult writers.