Kiram Kir-Zaki, a Haldim teenager, has been given a place at a prestigious boarding school, the first time ever a Haldim has been awarded admission. At the Sagrada Academy he is placed in the care of an upperclassman, Javier Tornesal. As Kiram learns about life as an outcast, he is befriended by Javier, and the two young men form a close bond. But something evil lurks within Javier, and Kiram must help his friend discover what it is so it can be dealt with.
The characters are fairly stereotypical and the world-building is not strong. The mystery surrounding Javier's curse is the only plot element that keeps the reader plodding forward. Nothing is resolved by the end of the book, so reading book two is a must to find out the resolution.
Reviewed by Teresa G on May 18, 2016
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