In a place known as the Ledge, a civilization is trapped by a vast chasm and sheer mountain face. There is no way for anyone to escape the frozen wasteland without befalling a deathly drop. They know nothing of the outside world except that it is where the Glacians reside – mystical and vicious winged creatures who bring meagre rations in exchange for a periodic human sacrifice.
Dawsyn, ax wielder and only remaining member of her family, has so far avoided the annual culling, but her luck has run out. She is chosen and ripped from her icy home, the only world she knows. No one knows what will happen to her on the other side, least of all Dawsyn. Murdered? Enslaved? Worse?
Fortunately, a half-Glacian called Ryon offers to help them both escape, but how can she trust one of the very creatures that plagued her life? Dawsyn is a survivor, and she is not afraid to cut anyone down to live.
With a slow-burning romance, high stakes and even higher rewards, this richly created new fantasy series by popular TikToker Stacey McEwan will keep you gripped to the very end.
*Content warnings* gratuitous violence & death; death of a minor; suicide; attempted sexual assault
Well, that ending hurt. Stacey McEwan crafted such a unique world and story line. I was super drawn in right in the beginning from the harshness of it all and the creatures she created. Ledge is by far everything the icy cover makes it out to be.
I love how harsh and unyielding Dawsyn is throughout the book. She is the type of MC that you stand behind due to her sheer dominance. On the other side, Ryon is definitely a protector in every sense of the word and I really liked him seeing him evolve with Dawsyn. I kept expecting surprising moments with these two, and oh man did we get them.
As far as the romance, the book is a slow burn, but I don’t know if felt super sparks between Ryon and Dawsyn. I kept feeling like their connection was not as strong as I wanted it to be. However, maybe that was the point. I’ll be very curious to see what happens in the second book, Chasm.
On a side note, loved Esra and Salem to pieces! Please bring them back in book two!
With the end, it is a heart breaker that’s for sure. You feel like there is a sense of victory for it to suddenly come crashing down. Cannot wait to see where Stacey takes the story in Chasm.