DATE PUBLISHED: 21st April 2015
In a village of masked men, each man is compelled to love only one woman and to follow the commands of his “goddess” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her if she pleases, but she will be alone forever. A man must stay masked until his goddess returns his love—and if she can’t or won’t, he remains masked forever.
Seventeen-year-old Noll’s childhood friends have paired off and her closest companion, Jurij, found his goddess in Noll’s own sister. Desperate to find a way to break this ancient spell, Noll instead discovers why no man has ever chosen her. She is in fact the goddess of the mysterious lord of the village, a man who refuses to let Noll have her right as a woman to spurn him.
Thus begins a dangerous game between the choice of woman and the magic of man. The stakes are no less than freedom and happiness, life and death—and neither Noll nor the veiled lord is willing to lose.
Within the book there is an examination of the society with both a overwhelming Matriarchal system and an overwhelming Patriarchal system. Both are in their own way dysfunctional and eye-opening. The fight for power and control amongst the Lord and Noll left me engrossed and needing to know how these events would culminate.
Noll is the main protagonist who has grown up in a society where women are revered and she should not look upon a face of a man until he has found his love. Noll is questioning and stubborn and as such she needs to know why things are the way they are and how they were in the past. Through this Noll discovers what roles both she and the mysterious Lord had in creating this society.
The pacing of this book is rather slow and the interest comes more from a character examination and the examination of the culture than the action. I am intrigued to see what will happen after the events of this book and how what has happened will influence the future of this village.
Keep Calm and Read On,