Rating: ☆☆☆ 1/2
Audience: YA Fantasy
Length: 464 pages
Author: Amélie Wen Zhao
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: March 2nd, 2021
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Ana Mikhailov is the only surviving member of the royal family of Cyrilia. She has no army, no title, and no allies, and now she must find a way to take back the throne or risk the brutal retribution of the empress. Morganya is determined to establish a new world order on the spilled blood of non-Affinites. Ana is certain that Morganya won’t stop until she kills them all.
Ana’s only chance at navigating the dangerous world of her homeland means partnering with Ramson Quicktongue again. But the cunning crime lord has schemes of his own. For Ana to find an army, they must cross the Whitewaves to the impenetrable stone forts of Bregon. Only, no one can be certain what they will find there.
A dark power has risen. Will revolution bring peace–or will it only paint the streets in more blood.
BUT WHY THO.
I take serious annoying issue with obvious lack of communication. Or plot decisions THAT JUST DON’T MAKE SENSE. This book was pretty good, some stumbling at the end made me throw my hands up.
I’ll start there. Ramson and Ana could have both been much more open at the end of this book. I’m tired of something claiming to be romance, but there actually isn’t anything happening in their relationship. I got a kiss. No admissions or anything else and then the end. Ughhhhhh.
Otherwise, y’all, not too bad of a middle book for a fantasy series. Dragged a bit here and there, but I’m still highly invested. I loved the addition of some new POVs and how they played into the story. I think I was more hooked on them then Ana/Ransom by the end.
This was more plot driven than character driven. I’m personally a fan of character driven novels, so this is a statement that may be good (or bad) for you. I think I was hoping for some more connections and understandings, and I mostly got change of location and here’s some more bad guys. A note to the villains though, there’s multiple, they are wild, and I love it. I do. I like a good villain that doesn’t make me roll my eyes because they’re ridiculous. These villains have enough background to amplify themselves within the story.
I’ll definitely be reading the last book. I need a great finale to see where this overall series will sit for me.
Overall audience notes:
- YA Fantasy
- Language: very little
- Romance: kiss
- Violence: battles, weaponry, magical, loss of loved ones, explosions; fairly bloody/gory