North to Nara

Amanda Marin
North to Nara
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Inkspell Publishing
Release Date
March 2019
Book 1 of Crimson Sash
Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Romance

Behind the beauty is heartache... unless their love can save them.

Neve Hall has always admired the good works of the civil servants who brought prosperity back to the Nation. She especially respects the Sufferers--empaths who, with the help of technology, anonymously bear others' troubles for them. But when her assigned empath is abruptly retired, she uncovers certain secrets. Like the identity of her new Sufferer, Micah Ward... and the fact that behind his kind smile is a life filled with loneliness and pain.

The closer Neve grows to Micah, the more desperate she becomes to protect him from a cruel and gruesome fate. But in a world where only a few are allowed the luxury of love, saving Micah comes with a price: Neve must choose between her loyalty to the Nation or her heart--a decision that will take them both on a race for their freedom, and their lives.

Recognized with a "Crowned Heart of Excellence" from InD'tale Magazine, April 2019 issue

Book Review by Gabrielle Sally (author,reviewer)
Jul 25, 2019   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
31 people found the following review helpful
Can you imagine a world where your personal suffering is shouldered by others, leaving you cleansed and refreshed? Where civil servants are revered for their sacrifice to others? Where it is an honor to serve? Then catch a ride with Amanda Marin Crimson and come to the capital city of Bristol in The Nation.

For Neve Hall, the Nation's civil servants are meant to be admired. Because of them, the world is prosperous. But at what cost? When she is an unintended witness to the collapse and 'retirement' of her Sufferer and subsequent reassignment to a new Sufferer, she realizes that the world she lives in isn't what it seems.

Likes: The world building is amazing. I'm going to say this multiple times, different ways, but the work Ms. Marin put into creating The Nation and its people is thoughtful, creative, compelling, and an absolute page-turner. The characters are well constructed. Both Neve and Micah are characters that you will instantly want to cheer on. The story is well plotted and tightly constructed. The pace follows the storyline--as the intensity speeds up, so does the pace.

This dystopian fiction is intended for teen and young adult, but it has a much wider audience and if you love dystopian stories that are well written with fabulous world building, then quick as you can, one-click to buy the story.

NORTH TO NARA is the debut novel by Amanda Marin and Book 1 in the Sash series and I loved it.
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