Publication date: March 29, 2022
Pages: 368 pages
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Sweet Spark: I love this author's unique fantasy stories!
Myra Whitlock is a Prodigy - her gift gives power to her paintings to actually change the real life. If she paints an injury on a real person out of a portrait of the real person, the injury disappears on the person, not just in the painting. The Governor has made it clear that Prodigies are not against nature and the Artist (the higher power they all revere). So she keeps her gift a secret, while still trying to paint for a living, and assist in another artist's studio.
Painting had been her mother's job too, but her mother and then her father disappeared, most likely because someone realized her mother was also a Prodigy. Now Myra will do anything to support herself and her younger sister, including being blackmailed to use her gift as a Prodigy for the Governor's wife.
As she's moved into the Governor's mansion for the job she's been hired to do (with no real other choice), things start getting more and more dangerous. Who are these crazy rich people she suddenly has to co-exist with? Can she do what the Governor's wife wants, and still keep herself and her sister safe?
This was an intriguing mystery where it was hard to tell who the good guys or bad guys were until nearly the end. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars. It was beautifully told with a complex storyline to be untangled. I'd recommend it for those who like an interesting fantasy in an old-fashioned setting.
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my electronic copy of this book. Receiving the book for free did not influence my review.