4 out of 4 stars
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Lily experienced the unfairness of slavery at the early age of nine. Her master and biological father tore her away from her mother and sold her to the highest bidder, Jesse Adams. From that day on, she knew that Jesse Adams is her new master and forever jailer. As a slave, Lily does not have any rights, but her fascination with the piano pushed her to learn it by memorizing what she hears from Mrs. Adams. And whenever there is an opportunity, Lily plays her heart out. Through the music she plays, she experiences freedom like no other. Lily forgets her past, her present, and her future while playing the piano. The world around her melts away as she drowns herself with the music she creates. Her music is her life. Her music is her secret. That is until her ex-best friend and master, James Adams, caught her playing the piano. And that is when her life starts to change drastically.
The Prodigy Slave, Book One: Journey to Winter Garden is the first installment of a 3-part series by Londyn Skye. It is about slavery, music, freedom, love, and betrayal. It is a story that brought me to tears while reading the 4-page prologue. I had to stop and give my heart a break from breaking. The whole book gave me a glimpse of how brutal slavery was centuries ago. Everything is irrelevant if your skin is brown. You are not a daughter or a son, or a woman, or a friend. You are just a property, and your master has full control of you.
I cannot think of anything to dislike about this book. But there is so much to like. One is its ability to make me feel every emotion each character is projecting. I cried with Maya. I got angry with Master Levi. I was amazed by how exceptional Lily is on the piano. I rooted for James' love for Lily, but I also hate him for all the heartaches he caused her. I also like the slave code and vocabulary at the start of each chapter. It gave a picture of what is happening as far as the law against or toward a slave is. It added to the flood of emotions that I experienced. And most of all, I like how Londyn placed the sudden twist of events. When I thought all is well, suddenly I was gripped with so much emotion that I had to stop to breathe.
I believe this book was professionally edited because I only found two minor errors. I am happy to give 4 out of 4 stars to The Prodigy Slave Book One. I like how the author weaved the characters together to create this beautiful masterpiece. The hero and heroine are easy to love, while the tormentors are easy to hate. I also commend her for the secondary characters she created. They gave the right amount of support to Lily and James that even if some of them only graced a few pages, they made their mark in my heart.
Due to the erotic scenes, level of brutality, and profanity, I discourage very young readers from picking this book. Some characters also tend to go heavy on their accents, so be warned. I recommend this book to adults that love historical romance and interracial love stories. The Prodigy Slave will make you laugh, dream, cry, love, hate, and cry some more. So, you better brace yourself.
The Prodigy Slave, Book One: Journey to Winter Garden
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