Dagger and Coin

Dagger and Coin

Kathy MacMillan / Aug 22, 2019

Dagger and Coin Soraya Gamo was meant to be queen of Qilara until an Arnath slave rebellion destroyed the monarchy and the capital city Now improbably she sits on the new Ruling Council beside her former enemies

  • Title: Dagger and Coin
  • Author: Kathy MacMillan
  • ISBN: 0062324640
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Soraya Gamo was meant to be queen of Qilara, until an Arnath slave rebellion destroyed the monarchy and the capital city Now, improbably, she sits on the new Ruling Council beside her former enemies, finally holding the political power she always wanted but over a nation in ruins As she works to rebuild Qilara, she can, at last, use what everyone once told her to hide Soraya Gamo was meant to be queen of Qilara, until an Arnath slave rebellion destroyed the monarchy and the capital city Now, improbably, she sits on the new Ruling Council beside her former enemies, finally holding the political power she always wanted but over a nation in ruins As she works to rebuild Qilara, she can, at last, use what everyone once told her to hide her brain.But not everyone is ready to accept the new equality that the Ruling Council has decreed between the Arnathim and Qilarites So when a slave ship arrives in the city, full of Arnathim captured before Qilara fell the civil unrest that has been bubbling since the rebellion erupts.Forced to confront her own prejudices, Soraya struggles to gain the trust of the Arnath people she once disregarded and establish peace in what has become chaos With the threat of attacks high, Gelti, a former guard captain, trains Soraya in self defense As the two grow close, tension within the city ramps up, with danger, betrayal, and deception meeting Soraya everywhere she turns Friends become foes, adversaries become companions, and the clashing of classes threatens to unravel all the good Soraya has been trying to do Can Soraya, raised to be a proper Qilarite lady, learn to be a true leader Or will the sins of her past forever haunt the footsteps of her future Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 400 pages Published October 9th 2018 by HarperTeen More Details ISBN 0062324640 ISBN13 9780062324641 Edition Language English Series Sword and Verse 2 Other Editions 3 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Dagger and Coin, please sign up Popular Answered Questions So why the long wait for this book 3 likeslike 2 years ago Add your answer Kathy MacMillan Because, in the immortal words of Baymax, I am not fast D Also because there are so, so many parts of the publishing process that are out of the Because, in the immortal words of Baymax, I am not fast D Also because there are so, so many parts of the publishing process that are out of the author s hands less flag I didnt think that there would be a sequel What made you want to write another in this world like one year ago Add your answer Kathy MacMillan Well, the first book was essentially about upending an unjust system, but the happy ending was just the beginning of the hard work I was interested Well, the first book was essentially about upending an unjust system, but the happy ending was just the beginning of the hard work I was interested in exploring the story of how that hard work of overcoming such vast differences could be taken on Given the state of the US today, it s a topic that has been very much on my mind less flag See all 3 questions about Dagger and Coin Lists with This Book YA Releases of October, 2018 68 books 288 voters HarperTeen Books of 2018 128 books 196 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Sep 07, 2016 Kathy MacMillan rated it it was amazing Review from the author For those who have asked what book 2 will be about Dagger and Coin picks up about 30 days after the events of Sword and Verse However, I prefer to think of it as a companion novel rather than a sequel, because it focuses on a different protagonist and can be enjoyed even if you haven t read the first book The main character in Dagger and Coin is Soraya Gamo, the heiress who was engaged to Mati and was all set to become queen We saw in Sword and Verse that Soraya was much than just a pre For those who have asked what book 2 will be about Dagger and Coin picks up about 30 days after the events of Sword and Verse However, I prefer to think of it as a companion novel rather than a sequel, because it focuses on a different protagonist and can be enjoyed even if you haven t read the first book The main character in Dagger and Coin is Soraya Gamo, the heiress who was engaged to Mati and was all set to become queen We saw in Sword and Verse that Soraya was much than just a pretty rich girl, and in this book she has thrown her lot in with her former enemies in order to pursue her ambitions Many of the major players from Sword and Verse appear in this book, especially Raisa, Mati, and Jonis We also get to know some minor characters from the first book better Deshti Raisa s adversary in the Arnath Resistance , Alshara Soraya s younger sister , and Gelti Dimmin that handsome guard captain Decisions made in Sword and Verse come back to haunt our characters in Dagger and Coin, particularly a big one made by Mati Sword and Verse was about upending an unjust system Dagger and Coin is about the messy, seemingly impossible task of constructing a better one in its place This book is unabashedly, fiercely feminist In 2016, I thought, Oh, I wish this book were out now It s so relevant In 2017, I thought the same thing Sadly, I don t think this story is going to get any less relevant in coming years I like to think of this book as a tale of a well educated female policy wonk battling her misogynist foes In case you are wondering about my politics I m just going to put this out there right now, because some people have mentioned it Soraya and Jonis are NOT EVER going to be a couple Just not going to happen Soraya s relationship with Jonis is arguably the most important one in the book, but don t look for kissing there Just don t Look for kissing and elsewhere, though There is romance in this book, just not with Jonis Like Sword and Verse, Dagger and Coin can be read and enjoyed as a standalone Of course, it also features lots of rewarding tidbits for readers of both books And yes, if you read Dagger and Coin first, it will give you lots of spoilers for Sword and Verse, so be warned if that sort of thing bothers you Personally, I love spoilers, but I am weird that way I m seriously considering making myself a bingo card of all the things that Soraya will undoubtedly be called once the book is out in the world I mean, she s an ambitious woman, see, so of course that means she must be inviting the whole world to comment on what s wrong with her A few of my predictions too proud, too strong, too passive, too emotional, too icy, too ambitious, too shrill, too slutty, too prudish, too petty, too demanding, too calculating The story of the gods comes into play in Dagger and Coin, but in a different way than it did in Sword and Verse, because Soraya s relationship to the gods is completely different from Raisa s I really, really love this book and I can t wait to share it with you flag 51 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 29, 2016 Tati marked it as to read Shelves late 2018 Soooo, what s this going to be about I didn t think there was room left for a sequel, to be honest flag 9 likesLike see review View all 4 comments May 12, 2018 Janet rated it it was amazing I could not put this book down I was reading late into the night, and leaving all the things I should have been doing for another time Dagger and Coin takes place shortly after then end of Sword and Verse, but this story is from the point of view of Soraya, one of the antagonists from Book 1.Soraya was fascinating She knew how to wield power, and she was smart and capable Yet as a woman, she is constantly being underestimated and looked down on This book is about bringing two groups who wer I could not put this book down I was reading late into the night, and leaving all the things I should have been doing for another time Dagger and Coin takes place shortly after then end of Sword and Verse, but this story is from the point of view of Soraya, one of the antagonists from Book 1.Soraya was fascinating She knew how to wield power, and she was smart and capable Yet as a woman, she is constantly being underestimated and looked down on This book is about bringing two groups who were once enemies together About finding peace after war, about rebuilding after the upheaval It can be so hard to trust those who were once on the opposite side, but without that, you have no foundation to build on.I thought MacMillan did a brilliant job of portraying the aftermath I couldn t look away, and I was astonished at how fearlessly she threw intrigue after intrigue, complication after complication at her characters She could definitely teach a class about how to put your characters through the refining fire.I should have probably re read the first book before diving in, but I just couldn t wait And while you can read this second book as a stand alone, there are references that will make a lot sense if you read book 1 first I highly recommend this one flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 29, 2018 Rachel rated it it was amazing Shelves speculative fiction I remember, when I wrote my review for MacMillan s first book in this epic fantasy setting, SWORD AND VERSE, talking about how people conflagrate romance and fantasy Particularly in the young adult genre, where romance subplots are so popular My point was that some reviewers got so caught up in critiquing the romance bit that they didn t even seem to acknowledge the fantasy This seems like a trend that is so ubiquitous that people rarely question it any SWORD AND VERSE is rife with actua I remember, when I wrote my review for MacMillan s first book in this epic fantasy setting, SWORD AND VERSE, talking about how people conflagrate romance and fantasy Particularly in the young adult genre, where romance subplots are so popular My point was that some reviewers got so caught up in critiquing the romance bit that they didn t even seem to acknowledge the fantasy This seems like a trend that is so ubiquitous that people rarely question it any SWORD AND VERSE is rife with actual fantastical elements a story of gods that unfolds right next to the human drama but readers see the setting mainly as the venue for another badass heroine to swoon over a prince and or show off her stones.This issue loomed in my mind while reading the SWORD AND VERSE sequel companion novel, because fantastical elements were at a minimum here There was no godly storyline unfolding right next to the human one perhaps understandable, since there is only one god left The most supernatural we get, beyond reference to the faith of the populace or references to the mythology of their world, is a subtle hint that maybe Sotia is pulling some strings in the background But this niggle only comes up once or twice in a 400 page novel that is otherwise a political intrigue set in a parallel, agrarian land.Topically speaking, I am much on board for this premise Book one covers a revolution and book two covers the aftermath Soraya, a minor noble in the first who was destined to be queen, now takes center stage as a member of the newly forged Ruling Council of recently slavery free Qilara From the offset, MacMillan sets the scene of broiling tensions between the two major groups of the land, the ex slaver Qilarites and the ex slave Arnathim An attempt is made on former MC Raisa s life, and she and her husband and co council Mati slip away in order to conduct business away from the madness of the capital city.In their wake, they leave the other two council members, Soraya and Jonis, in charge Soraya is a scheming former noble and Jonis is the brash former head of the Arnath resistance, so things would be simmering even without their past history of hostage captor From there the plot moves at a brisk clip MacMillan introduces a central conflict of a returning, pre revolution slave ship from the Arnathim homeland Soraya and Jonis struggle to contain the former slaves and former masters as reactionary political groups use their arrival as a lightning rod for their own purposes.It s a rather juicy web of competing ideologies in the wake of political upheaval Perhaps its not quite as fleshed out as it might be in a longer, adult book, but MacMillan doesn t slouch either She makes sure to leave room to draw distinctions between different classes of Qilarites, and the formerly enslaved and never enslaved Arnathim in fact, the new arrivals refer to themselves as the Melarim But yes, there is also some personal drama from the fact that former enemies and current councilmembers don t really trust each other despite their lofty ambitions, vs the prerequisite young adult hormones I m not a huge fan of romance subplots, though in general I think I m forgiving than many of the fact that characters have emotional and sexual urges I think that Soraya s situation worked better for me than Raisa s did in the first book, because it was tied so deeply into the frothing socio economic upheaval Soraya just wanted something familiar to hold onto.That being said, she is a character who is defined by her personal sense of rebellion Sure, in the previous world, she was of a pawn for the whims of ambitious men In this new world, she fiercely defends her independence Not to say that she doesn t play with others, but she definitely has a voice I liked her than I liked Raisa, which may speak to my own character P Raisa s greatest flaw was that she loved too well, and Soraya s greatest flaw was that past prejudices and a general sense of distrust hindered her alliances.More to the point, Soraya was a member of the formerly oppressive ethnic group, and MacMillan did a good job of painting her complexly She can t help but cling a little bit to her old associations, though she is also trying to expand her worldview She s practical, if not idealistic, and respects that this is the world she lives in now, the world that gives her a modicum of self determination, and also the place, though she might not always see it as such, which expands her horizons as a human It s a nice representation of a flawed but ultimately sympathetic character and MacMillan also leaves room to highlight the impact of Soraya s own losses in the revolution, because real revolutions don t water down to angels vs demons Anywho I think MacMillan also did a good job in showcasing complexity in ultimately less sympathetic characters, too She definitely took seriously the social and political ramifications that she set up in the last book Plus wrote a compelling story, which frankly sucked me in a bit than the last one I m a fan of flawed and multidimensional heroines, big ethical questions, and even the intrigue of the plot.One final, and perhaps relatively minor criticism, revolves around the issue of Soraya s sister She seemed a little one note in her brattiness, well, until the very end until Soraya saw a different side of her Still, it kind of seemed like one of those convenient reveals of character complexity I guess there s really not enough time to flesh everyone and everything out Anywho Much like with the last book, this one ends with an open door but not exactly the promise of a sequel We still have plenty of other characters who could chip in with something to say I have no idea if MacMillan will ever return to this world, but I will certainly keep an eye out Post revolution is a rich playground as is exploring possible supernatural influence I d be interested in both flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 30, 2016 Catarina TravelerBetweenWorlds marked it as to read Shelves 2018 releases, high fantasy, kingdoms, medium novels, please do not let me down, young adult, authors that i know, required on my shelf, series i need to finisish 2018 I was wondering if I would read this one or not but well I have plenty of time to think, though I would like to continue the series flag 1 likeLike see review Apr 09, 2016 Jamie Coudeville marked it as tier 6 Shelves genre ya, started sword and verse, pov female lead, number 02nd book in series, other descriptionless, element royalty, other must own a physical copy, genre high fantasy, author kathy macmillan, priority medium 2018 flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 26, 2018 Ellie J rated it it was amazing 5 5 starsRecommended for people who like revolution, strong female leads, magic, political intrigue, court politicsThis one was much better than Sword and Verse I think MacMillan listened to some reviewers or maybe reread her own writing, but 1 the narrator here had a much stronger and mature voice, and 2 the narrator even pointed out how naive Raisa and Mati were in the previous book at the beginning of this one.Soraya, the ex fiancee of Mati and one of the members of the newly 5 5 starsRecommended for people who like revolution, strong female leads, magic, political intrigue, court politicsThis one was much better than Sword and Verse I think MacMillan listened to some reviewers or maybe reread her own writing, but 1 the narrator here had a much stronger and mature voice, and 2 the narrator even pointed out how naive Raisa and Mati were in the previous book at the beginning of this one.Soraya, the ex fiancee of Mati and one of the members of the newly formed council, narrates this book From the start she s far of ruthless and cunning than the other characters The first line of her narration is, after all, My father would have been ashamed that the assassin didn t target me 3 , and if that s not a sign of a strong character with political motivations and a backbone to go along with them, then I don t know what is I appreciated getting to know Soraya better after the few scenes we really got to see her in from Raisa s perspective in the first book Going into it, I wasn t really sure what to expect of Soraya Raisa hadn t been a huge fan of her and Soraya was clearly aggravated at being kept prisoner by the revolutionaries, but the first book didn t really go into detail about her, her life, or her personality I m pleased to say she s a fantastic character While she also has a bit of that ignorance naivete that Mati and Raisa have, she handles it much better and it s about far less obvious things.I also liked that we got to see of Jonis in this book as well In Sword, he was a mostly angry revolution leader, but here we get to see the calculating side that led to him becoming leader We also get to see how much he truly cares for his people, as well as his deeply mistrustful stance on just about everyone around him He provided some interesting conflict in terms of the different ways leaders handle situations and how misunderstandings can happen oh so easily For those who might ve been worried about whether Jonis would become the flower child Raisa seems to hope everyone will become, don t worry, he s still his lovable vengeful self.The main plot of the novel is that the Swords of Qilara are hellbent on taking the newly formed council down and get rid of all of the First Laws that were enacted laws that protect women s rights, the rights of all the freed slaves, the law saying that all slaves should be freed The Swords are pretty clumsy at first, but as the novel progresses, they get manipulative with their plans and objectives until it leads into the final showdown, which is very action packed and much human driven than the finale in Sword The plot also had several twists and turns, and the fun game of who really betrayed who, that played into court intrigue and politics It was definitely a defined plot and a far character driven plot than in the previous book.I was tentative going into the book, but ended up enjoying it far than the first one Soraya is a fierce character whose willing to manipulate and twist in order to get things to go her way, and almost always has a way to get a back up plan in place The characters in all are far less naive than in the first book as well, and it s written as a regular book instead of someone chronicling their events like Sword was, which probably helped elevate the maturity of the narrator s voice as well All in all, a good book, and much better than its predecessor flag Like see review Jan 15, 2019 Duckytwit rated it it was amazing Shelves l I was completely surprised when Sword and Verse became a series but was super excited about the sequel, MacMillan definitely delivered Unlike Sword and Verse , Dagger and Coin follows Soraya Gamo, raised to marry the prince and be Queen of Qilara Soraya s life changed when Raisa became tutor, fell in love with Prince Mati, and finally, saved the city from the wrathful goddess, Sotia Soraya was invited to represent former Scholar interests on the new governing board, alongside forme I was completely surprised when Sword and Verse became a series but was super excited about the sequel, MacMillan definitely delivered Unlike Sword and Verse , Dagger and Coin follows Soraya Gamo, raised to marry the prince and be Queen of Qilara Soraya s life changed when Raisa became tutor, fell in love with Prince Mati, and finally, saved the city from the wrathful goddess, Sotia Soraya was invited to represent former Scholar interests on the new governing board, alongside former slave and Tutor, Raisa, her former fianc , Prince Mati, and finally, her former kidnapper and leader of the slave revolution, Jonis As assassinations against the council begin, Soraya is torn between her old life as a future Queen but controlled by her father and her new life as a Councilor controlled only by herself To make matters worse, the city remains torn alliances are not always as they appear I loved this book very much hope MacMillan is inspired to write , whether or not it is for this series flag Like see review Oct 28, 2018 Sue Poduska rated it really liked it The second book in the Sword and Verse series is gripping, exciting, and a lesson in finding one s voice and independence Written in first person from Soraya s viewpoint, it points out the problems with always doing what is expected of you rather than what you know to be right This is a tale set in a medieval world of the author s invention The world is believable and self contained flag Like see review Aug 02, 2018 Clare marked it as to read Shelves to be released I didn t realise that there was going to be sequel to Sword and Verse I have another book coming out this year to look forward to now flag Like see review Nov 30, 2018 Toni rated it really liked it Shelves 2018 ar, library Hi I love Soraya Gamo.This was a ride full of frustration and danger and a lot of thrills This council has my heart and I am very glad to have had time in this world especially through Soraya s eyes So much political intrigue and drama and fear honestly So good flag Like see review Nov 28, 2018 Kyle rated it it was amazing a very god continuation and an interesting consept of seeing there world though another perspection and every twist and turn was amazing and kept me reading, not wanting to miss what happened next flag Like see review Feb 08, 2018 Meg Eden rated it it was amazing What I loved about Sword Verse was how MacMillan constantly subverted my expectations and painted a complicated portrait of what it means to fight for freedom, and how to change the world around you No perfect idealizations, but the tough complicated questions that really make us think.Dagger Coin fails to disappoint in this way as well especially towards the end, we as readers have to constantly check our expectations and assumptions I don t want to spoil anything, but some reall What I loved about Sword Verse was how MacMillan constantly subverted my expectations and painted a complicated portrait of what it means to fight for freedom, and how to change the world around you No perfect idealizations, but the tough complicated questions that really make us think.Dagger Coin fails to disappoint in this way as well especially towards the end, we as readers have to constantly check our expectations and assumptions I don t want to spoil anything, but some really surprising turns happen towards the end that are SO EARNED, and made me literally gasp out loud Dagger Coin really interrogates how women are defined in their culture, and shows the portrait of a young woman subverting cultural expectations to pave her own path It also interrogates the complicated, messy business of making a better society The world and the struggles are so real and particularly relevant to contemporary concerns that I CAN T OVEREMPHASIZE HOW MUCH I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK, particularly as a book club read or something to launch into discussions with other readers Soraya is a very different protagonist than Raisa Both are feminists, but have different strengths and approaches to the world around them It took me a while to get into Soraya s voice, but I realized that this was largely because of my own expectations and assumptions again, I LOVE this about MacMillan s work not only does it interrogate the world of the story, but made me interrogate myself so much love I realized I was labelling Soraya based on bizarre cultural expectations I didn t even realize I had internalized I initially found her cold and unfeeling Then I started thinking about all the other situations in which women are labelled cold and unfeeling just because they don t meet some cultural expectation of femininity, and I was like WOW What am I doing I also found it funny that I jumped to these expectations because I RELATE TO SORAYA SO MUCH I m very business minded Efficiency minded I like doing my work and doing it well I don t like anyone getting in the way of my plan or system I m not a Gamo but I m an Eden and I have pride in what I perceive as my family s traits and values I don t have accounting scrolls but I do have Excel And I LOVE that there s representation of this type of character as a female MC, especially in YA And over time, I fell and in love with Soraya She internally challenges how others call her cold like I did at the beginning , and has some really raw and real self doubt I didn t always agree with her choices, but I related to them 110% and felt just as shocked as she did to some twists toward the end I really loved seeing her strength which again, was different than Raisa s strength but I love that together, these books paint two different portraits of what strength can look like I m going to be super honest though it took me a while to get into this book That s less because of Dagger Coin itself and because I m not super into politically driven stories That said, if you re like me and start reading and are like, Eh I m not sure I m invested in the politics, KEEP READING If you re not like me and are super into politics, then well, you ll just be hooked from the start There are a lot of characters and a lot of threads to follow which I m not very good at , but don t miss the forest for the trees Dagger Coin is an important feminist story, and no matter where your interests lie as a reader, I m confident you ll find a string that pulls you in and won t let you go until you re done flag Like see review Yassin Abd rated it liked it Apr 19, 2018 Courtney rated it liked it Nov 24, 2018 Karianne rated it really liked it Dec 14, 2018 Caroline rated it liked it Nov 27, 2018 Stephanie rated it did not like it Oct 18, 2018 Amy Allgeyer rated it it was amazing Sep 25, 2016 Diana rated it it was amazing Oct 31, 2016 L.V Pires rated it it was amazing Oct 19, 2018 Heidi Heilig rated it it was amazing Mar 29, 2018 Mary Fan rated it it was amazing May 12, 2017 Jessica Mao rated it really liked it Dec 22, 2017 Marcela Reis rated it it was ok Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it Jul 05, 2018 Marsha rated it liked it Dec 16, 2018 layla mathias 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        Kathy MacMillan is a writer, American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, signing storyteller, and avowed Hufflepuff Kathy is the founder of The Sweet Sixteens thesweet16s debut group of 2016 middle grade and young adult authors, and serves as co Regional Advisor for the Maryland Delaware West Virginia Region of the Society for Children s Book Writers and Illustrators She is a volunt Kathy MacMillan is a writer, American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, signing storyteller, and avowed Hufflepuff Kathy is the founder of The Sweet Sixteens thesweet16s debut group of 2016 middle grade and young adult authors, and serves as co Regional Advisor for the Maryland Delaware West Virginia Region of the Society for Children s Book Writers and Illustrators She is a volunteer director for Deaf Camps, Inc a nonprofit organization that provides camps for deaf children She lives near Balti, MD


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    1. For those who have asked what book 2 will be about Dagger and Coin picks up about 30 days after the events of Sword and Verse However, I prefer to think of it as a companion novel rather than a sequel, because it focuses on a different protagonist and can be enjoyed even if you haven t read the first book The main character in Dagger and Coin is Soraya Gamo, the heiress who was engaged to Mati and was all set to become queen We saw in Sword and Verse that Soraya was much than just a pre For tho [...]



    2. I could not put this book down I was reading late into the night, and leaving all the things I should have been doing for another time Dagger and Coin takes place shortly after then end of Sword and Verse, but this story is from the point of view of Soraya, one of the antagonists from Book 1.Soraya was fascinating She knew how to wield power, and she was smart and capable Yet as a woman, she is constantly being underestimated and looked down on This book is about bringing two groups who wer I co [...]


    3. I remember, when I wrote my review for MacMillan s first book in this epic fantasy setting, SWORD AND VERSE, talking about how people conflagrate romance and fantasy Particularly in the young adult genre, where romance subplots are so popular My point was that some reviewers got so caught up in critiquing the romance bit that they didn t even seem to acknowledge the fantasy This seems like a trend that is so ubiquitous that people rarely question it any SWORD AND VERSE is rife with actua I remem [...]


    4. 2018 I was wondering if I would read this one or not but well I have plenty of time to think, though I would like to continue the series.



    5. 5 5 starsRecommended for people who like revolution, strong female leads, magic, political intrigue, court politicsThis one was much better than Sword and Verse I think MacMillan listened to some reviewers or maybe reread her own writing, but 1 the narrator here had a much stronger and mature voice, and 2 the narrator even pointed out how naive Raisa and Mati were in the previous book at the beginning of this one.Soraya, the ex fiancee of Mati and one of the members o [...]


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