This was definitely a pretty exciting book! And all because Zahru wanted to go to a party with her friend, Hen. Zahru is only a Whisperer (which I think is a pretty cool power, even if no one else does) and so is not eligible to go to the party before the great race of the heirs to decide who will be the next ruler after their father dies. The name she chooses (her mother Lia) puts her in the wrong group and she ends up chosen as the sacrifice due to the cruelty of one of the royalty.
The three sibling heirs, Kasta, Jet, and Sakira have their own personalities (Suspicious about everyone and has a dark side, Trying to be a good guy but needs to grow a backbone, and Party girl looking for the next adventure) that kept the story interesting and rolling at a good pace. Many adventures ensue in the desert race, from stealing a firespinner, to escaping from mercenaries.
I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next one, especially with how it ended.