GENRE: YA Fantasy
Zaida and Sabin have been through a lot together. She's now before her enemy Cendency, who also happens to be Sabin's father. She's lost everything, including (as she thinks) Sabin, only to find out he's not only still alive, but he's not who she thought he was.
My world went utterly still and silent. Sabin was walking free. My Sabin. The only person I had left to live for. He was alive and walking free. Shock numbed to denial.
"Sabin?" My voice broke. Sabin's endless eyes met mine but this time they were alien, cold. The side of himself he'd never let me see.
This was a trick. It had to be a trick. Sabin was on my side, he said he'd rather die than fight alongside his father. I saw Cendency's mouth curve in a small smile as Sabin came to stand on the other side of the throne, his head held high.
"It seems you've made wrong choices in everything." Cendency said softly. "Even in whom to trust."
The room tipped and smudged around me. This wasn't happening. I thought I'd reached the end. I thought nothing mattered anymore. I thought nothing could possibly hit me harder or hurt me deeper. Now, the numbness faded and reality was sinking in.
Sabin was never on my side. He'd led me on, taken me into the heart of Crucis. He lied to me. It's why he never answered what we'd do after the assassinations. Did that mean Kovek wasn't on my side either? Was no one ever really who I thought they were?