I have a quick review today for a very fast read that I picked up from the library in June. Nameless by Jennifer Jenkins was a book that caught my eye because of the cover and synopsis. I love books with rivalling communities, tribes and kingdoms. The war conflict between them keeps me intrigued, despite the fact of how horrible war actually is.
So let’s keep them fictional please.
Nameless by Jennifer Jenkins
Kodiak. Raven. Wolf. Ram.
Four clans. One destiny.
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 thought to enable her to seek revenge for the death of her parents and an end to her own misery.
But after Zo’s younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive and keep her safe.
When Zo finds unexpected friendship in a young Ram whose life she saves, growing feelings for a Ram soldier, and an underground Nameless insurrection, she learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this electrifying fantasy series.
It was a quick, fast and entertaining read. I was on the edge of my seat for most of it and I was having a very stressful time keeping my emotions in check because of all the crazy stuff that was happening!
- The distinct tribes. Although, only the Ram and Wolf were really explored in this book, I was able to tell them apart and not get them mixed up (as I usually do in other books). I think, the Raven clan will be playing a big role in book 2!
- Never a dull moment. Honestly the last 20 pages had me going insane. So many things went wrong. Like one thing went okay, but the cliffhanger was gold.
- The bad guys are bad guys for a reason. Holy Cannoli! A tyrant for a leader, a crazy math-obsessed seer and a disturbing/disgusting—borderline rapist—gate keeper. Gross.
- Zo was a great MC. She was tough, but not unbreakable. She showed fear, frailty as well as endurance, determination and passion to what she set her mind to.
- Gryphon is a sweetheart, but also flawed. Definitely had some tough choices to make and a lot of pressure to hold up his family name.
- The whole idea of patriotism when your nation is pretty bad. The difficlty that comes with choosing the right thing to do even if it means betraying those you love and leaving them behind. It is a hard thing to do.
- Just one thing. The romance was kind of Slave/Master hook up. Zo is technically Gryphon’s slave, but he never treats her like one. To be honest, it was better to be a slave for him then the gate master. He never forces anything upon her. THEY KISS ONCE. ONCE. For not even two seconds and by then she is not a slave anymore…really. Maybe that was my bigger issue. More smooching please.
Overall, I really liked it and I cannot wait to pick up the next book, Clanless. I thought this was a duology, but it turns out it is actually a trilogy and the final installment comes out in October! I really want to continue this series!
Rating: 4 / 5 Stars
Recommend: Okay, SO THIS TOTALLY HAS AN EMBER IN THE ASHES VIBES. IF YOU LIKED AEITA, THEN TRY THIS. Think of it as the version, where Elias actually wants to be part of the Empire, but still follows Laia!
Have you read this? If you think this cover is nice, check out the cover for book 2, swoon! Have you read Ember? Let’s fangirl in the comments, I am so ready!