Twin Daggers

Dreamscape Audio. 2020. 1,217p. $22.99. ISBN 9781662018725.
Gr 6-10–By day, twins Aissa and Zandria seem like any other Technocrat teens waiting to see what their work assignment will be when they finish school. By night, they are spies for the Magi looking for ways to take down the Technocrats. Decades ago, the Technocrats and the Magi were at war. The Technocrats won, destroying almost all of the Magi in the process, but the Magi bestowed a curse on their rivals. Aissa, assigned to work as a mechanic, is hoping to use her position to infiltrate the palace and gain knowledge to aid their mission. Everything falls apart and long-held secrets get revealed when Zandria is discovered and taken prisoner in the palace. Aissa finds an unusual ally in her quest to not only free her sister but to discover the truth about their two cultures. Marketed as a fantasy spin on Romeo and Juliet, this is somewhat true in that there are two factions that hate each other and love grows between two would-be enemies. Rebecca Gibel’s narration of Aissa’s internal struggles as she plays both as Technocrat mechanic and Magi spy make it easy for the listener to get immersed in the battles she faces as she works to free her sister.
VERDICT This first book in a duology sets the perfect stage for the sequel, giving readers just enough history of the societies paired with Aissa’s personal experiences to make the world come alive and leave the reader excited to know what happens next.

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