Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe.
What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!
What I say: I'm going to start off by saying how much I enjoyed NAMELESS. I've read many dystopian style YA fantasy books (I'm calling this one a sort of crossover) but I appreciated how Jennifer Jenkins kept us guessing throughout the book and didn't rehash previous very worn ground.
NAMELESS is one of those stories where a lot happens and there's constant action. Zo really steals the show with her combination of bad ass fighter and her mad medical skills/powers.
I really liked the secondary characters including Tess and Joshua, but Gryphon was without a doubt my favourite. Romance in these types of books can often be contrived or too instantaneous, but it fits subtly into the book and doesn't overtake the action.
The world-building is fun and creative. I loved getting insights into the complicated social structure of the Wolves and Rams. I enjoyed these elements of the story, although the names and places were initially a little confusing, but I liked their development.
After that DRAMATIC ending I cannot wait to discover what happens next but it better include a whole lotta Gryphon!
4 Stars in my Sky!