Dark Crown (The Mysteries of Llyrak #1)
Those who like to claim that ignorance is bliss have never lived in the country of Llyrak. Having had a massive wall that has surrounded it for sixteen hundred years for no known reason to its' citizens, the country's six regions of Sergandia, Kazimat, Lukenstein, Dimasiia, Nadihko and Klavdiar all feel resented by this wall.
They feel cut off from mankind.
This has made Llyrak the pinnacle of mystery for all, and has caused tension between the rulers of the six regions, leading to an overall hate of the largest of these regions, Sergandia. This hostility that the regions have for each other only rises when the becoming advisor and best friend to the prince of Sergandia is unexpectedly kidnapped by a group of homicidal terrorists. To make matters worse, Prince Nikita also knows that they have taken her to Kazimat, the region that is the biggest enemy to Sergandia.
Nikita is all but hopeless of ever saving his friend until he finds himself intertwined with the young Mishka Mironovna Pronina, Sergandia's greatest thief.
To avoid starting an all-out war with Kazimat, Nikita and Mishka must go behind the emperor's back to rise to the challenge of saving the young advisor. But the stakes are high. Nikita knows he has to save his best friend, but at what cost? The regions are already on the brink of war, and the curiosity of why they had been sealed off from the rest of humanity continues to increase.
Stepping out of place may be just what Llyrak needs to cause the entire country, and maybe even the world, to collapse into ruin.
Highest Ranking: #209 in Science Fiction (9/26/17)