New from the author of the best selling Red Queen series, Victoria Aveyard is gracing us once again with the first book in a new trilogy!
A strange darkness grows in Allward.
Even Corayne an-Amarat can feel it, tucked away in her small town at the edge of the sea.
She soon discovers the truth: She is the last of an ancient lineage—and the last hope to save the world from destruction. But she won’t be alone. Even as darkness falls, she is joined by a band of unlikely companions:
A squire, forced to choose between home and honor.
An immortal, avenging a broken promise.
An assassin, exiled and bloodthirsty.
An ancient sorceress, whose riddles hide an eerie foresight.
A forger with a secret past.
A bounty hunter with a score to settle.
Together they stand against a vicious opponent, invincible and determined to burn all kingdoms to ash, and an army unlike anything the realm has ever witnessed.
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"If you don't belong to a place, perhaps we belong to each other? We who belong nowhere?"
⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5
This is a slow paced style for sure. There were a few parts of the book that were slower, but overall it as just slow but steady. The plot premise was interesting, but kind of predictable to me.
In this one, there was not really any romance in the plot, which isn't usually my thing, but the adventure really made up for it. While I always advocate for romance in books, I understand that it's not necessary in every book.
However, I do think a more developed romance as a subplot would have made it a bit more entertaining for me. No matter! Sometimes you just need an adventuring book and this definitely gave me LOTR vibes.
The worldbuilding was really well done, but in some places it was super heavy and just a lot to try to digest and remember. I get that there's a lot going on, but it was kind of info-dumpy to me. That being said, the world development was soooo detailed and I could really slip right into it once I got through all the description. It's such an interesting world, full of little details.
Multiple POVs are usually a favorite of mine, but 6 was just a lot to keep track of, especially when the voices weren't super unique for each POV. Having the multiple POVs did really help the character development though. It gave a lot of insight into each of our adventurers!
Pick this one up if you like:
- multiple POVs
- well-developed, diverse characters
- adventure and intrigue (think LOTR)
- medieval vibes, but make it fantasy
- plot driven stories
- intense worldbuilding
Have you read this one? What did you think?
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