Illuminae

Illuminae
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Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Genre: Sci-Fi, YA, Romance
Category: Trilogy [Book 1 of 3]
Number of pages: 602

Started 06/02/2019 – Finished 13/02/2019
Rating: *****/5

Description(Goodreads):
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Review:
Where do I start…jeez. Did I like this book – Yes! Will I read the next in the series – Yes! Do I actually have time to do that – No!😂 I finished this book two months ago and I still haven’t had time to pick up Gemina buut Illuminae was such a fantastic and spectacular ride that I need to finally share it.
First of all this book – visually – is unique.

The story is told in a series of files, chats, emails, interview transcripts and more, and makes you feel like a total detective , trying to figure out what the hell is happening and why is it happening.
The story starts with the regular relationship problems between a guy and a girl and three seconds later their planet is blown up….yep.
They both manage to get on evacuation ships but unfortunately the vessel that attacked them in the first place is now following them.  Oh and there’s a zombie-like virus spreading among the people, mutating them and causing them to murder everyone. If you’re not interested yet should I tell you about the mad AI that you can’t help but love. Yes the AI – Aiden –  who is supposed to help these people is suddenly not so helpful but rather becomes another threat. I would still die for him though…

I see some people have not liked the format but to me that was one of the unique things about the book and after a few pages you do get used to it. I have also heard that the audiobook is amazing so you might want to try that too.
The relationship between Kady and Ezra was relatable and super cute (and somewhat cheesy). Ezra was sort of annoying at some points and super cute at others, I didn’t know how to feel about him in the beginning but at the end I took a liking to him. Kady is honestly so freaking smart for her age, it made me feel like I really need to sit down and study and just be productive. And of course there’s AIDEN who is one of those villains you just can’t hate.
All the characters where immensely intricate, well written and sooo sarcastic (like soooo much sarcasm I loved it). I now see that all of Jay Kristoffs books have an amazing amount of it.
The more intense scenes where so so emotional, it leaves you a crippling mess on the floor. Going through 20 emotions in the span of a minute. Honestly this book is one of those which remind me why I love reading so so much.
(This book also made me really want to watch every movie about space/advanced technology.)

10/10 would recommend!!!

Favorite quote/s:
“Am I not merciful?” 

“Nothing ceases to exist. Energy does not perish, it merely changes forms. the ones you love, the ones you lose , they still exist as long as the cosmos does.”

Yours:
A Traveler

 

Godsgrave

Godsgrave

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Author: Jay Kristoff
Genre: Fantasy, Young-adult
Category: Trilogy [Book 2 of 3]
Number of pages: 656

Started 26/12/2018 – Finished 16/01/2019
Rating: *****/5

Description(Goodreads):
Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.
When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

Review:
I will try to review this book with as little spoilers as I can!
Damn…where do I start. I just wanna say…Jay Kristoff is my new favorite author.
The first book was amazing. The second book is magnificent.
Godsgrave is by far the most entertaining, well written sequel. Seriously. Not only did it keep the plot going outstandingly well, it answered questions and made place for so many new ones to develop, it kept true to the nature of the first book by being super entertaining and…and…damn did I enjoy it. This story , those situations, those fight scene legitimately made my adrenaline go nuts. Godsgrave keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire story and leaves you entirely cliffhanging at the end of the book (that cliffhanger tho…).
Mia is such a complex antihero and I absolutely love her. In this book she becomes even more badass and even more sassy. The new characters did not disappoint either (neither did the old ones *wink*wink*).
Again the world building and the descriptions of places make you realize how much time the author spent building them in his mind. The foot notes as well. I’ve seen people complain about them but I actually quite enjoy them. Like “here’s an almost page long foot note about the history of some random event to distract you from the hell that’s happening in the current scene”. Loved them honestly.
The writing style of mister Kristoff is fascinating. Sometimes it almost feels as if he’s there telling you the story himself.  He writes each scene so well , especially the fight scenes, and always manages to put a plot twist like…everywhere. It took me days to pull myself together after that ending. Hands down this is my new favorite series.
Honestly there is so many more things I can say about this book but I’m just gonna finish this by saying – I was blown away. And now the wait for the next book continues…

Also just wanted to say how big of a fan I am to the artist who creates the front covers of the books. You can find him on Instagram: @kerbyrosanes and check out the other AMAZING art he does.

Favorite quote/s:
“The heavens grand us only one life, but through books we live a thousand.”
“You can keep the glory. I’m just here for the blood.”

Review by:
A Traveler
 

 

Sky In The Deep

Sky in the Deep

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Author: Adrienne Young
Genre: Ya Fantasy, Romance
Category: Stand-alone Novel
Number of pages: 340

Started:23/12/2018 – Finished:24/12/2018
Rating:*****/5

Description (Goodreads):
Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.
Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.
She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

Review:

Vikings!! From the moment I saw the cover I was already in love. From the first scene I was sure I would like the book. It was the perfect novel for me to pick up after almost a month in which I hadn’t read anything.
This book sure was an emotional rollercoaster. I connected a little too much with the heroine (and I loved it). I felt every single emotion she did. I loved the character development in her. Despite what she was taught, she realizes that her clan and her enemy’s one might not be as different as she thinks.
The plot felt original and super entertaining. The writing was amazing, I can’t wait for the authors future works. Her descriptions and the world building were fascinating.  I can’t tell you how good it felt reading this book.
The enemies-to-lovers trope is my absolute guilty pleasure.
I did have a few issues with how fast-paced both the plot and the final battle were. The relationship between Eelyn and Fiske didn’t really have a lot of time to develop, and yet in the end they were so in love. I honestly think this could have been a great trilogy. Even so the plot kept me hooked enough for me to finish the book in two days 😆 and I had fun reading it.

 

Favorite quote:
“Qnd eldr” – Breathe fire.

Yours:
A Traveler

Siege And Storm

Siege And Storm

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Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Category: Trilogy [Book 2]
Number of pages: 435

Started: 20/10/2018 – Finished: 18/11/2018
Rating: ****½/5

Description (Goodreads):
Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

Review:
I just want to say that it took me this long to read it not because I didn’t like it, but because I didn’t have time (😭).
I must admit that no matter how bad the Darkling is, I just can’t help but want him to be with Alina. I really love his character and I’m super excited to find out more about his story in the next book.
Mal on the other hand…remember how I said “I don’t know why Mal gets so much hate” in my last review? Well now I know. Aand I must say I’m not so fond of him anymore. Their relationship felt so pushed in this book and the entire time I was screaming “Just dump him Alina!”.
The new characters that were introduces are all super interesting. Nikolai quickly became a new favorite the moment he made his first appearance. And also he’s a pirate/inventor so even better.
I loved the little steampunk that was added in this book. (Also there’s a sea dragon!……which gets killed but anyway)

There weren’t many new locations, mostly it’s just Os Alta again which means there isn’t much world building.
Overall the book felt kinda slow moving, mostly it’s just Alina being paraded around, and then at the end some more interesting things happen. But it still managed to keep me hooked and wanting to read more. Though I think I liked the first book more.
Leigh Bardugo’s writing style has definitely improved in this book  so I imagine the third one to be even better.
I’m quite happy with this series , so I will try to start Ruin and Rising soon!

Favorite quote:
“You know the problem with heroes and saints, Nikolai? They always end up dead.”

Review by:
A Traveler

 

 

Shadow And Bone

Shadow And Bone 

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Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Category: Trilogy [Book 1]
Number of pages: 358

Started: 13/10/2018 – Finished 15/10/2018
Rating: ****½/5

Description (Goodreads):
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart. 

Review:
I have seen this book recommended by so many people so I finally decided to read it and I truly enjoyed it.
The story is entertaining and amusing. I got so invested in it that I read it in 2-3 days. And now I can’t wait to read the next one.
The magic, the Russian folklore and mythology, the love create a story that threw me into a journey. While I did have an issue with how the world felt a little unfinished, I very much adored the book.

The main characters ,Alina and Mal, are two orphans who grew up together in a duke’s estate until they had to leave to serve their country. Mal becomes a military tracker while Alina is a cartographer.
When they were kids they were tested by the Grisha – an order of powerful people with magical abilities – to see if they were also gifted. At that time both of them had failed the test so neither believed they would be apart of the Grisha. That is until their regiment has to cross the rift of darkness called the Unsea that separates their country in half. While in said rift they are attacked by horrible creatures that almost eat them. Just before the monsters have reached them Alina manages to , unknowingly, get rid of them with a power she didn’t know she had.
After discovering her powers the Darkling – the leader of the Grisha – orders for her to be trained as one of them in the king’s palace. From that moment on Alina is considered the most important person in the kingdom as the Darkling believes she is the key to destroying the Unsea that has caused the death of many. In her journey she not only has to learn to accept who she really is but to learn who to trust and who to not.

I really liked each characters personality. Alina is a girl thrown into a situation she doesn’t want to be in, away from the only person she considers family. At first it’s hard for her to believe she is something special as she cannot even summon her powers but later on she discovers that there is a reason for that and she deals with it (awesome character development moment btw). I have seen a lot of hate for Mal in the fandom and I do not know why. So far I quite like him but I can’t wait to see the reason he gets so much hate. The Darkling is that typical dark, brooding handsome man that I just couldn’t seem to hate even if he wasn’t the good guy.
Now…..a love triangle. I think I’ve said it enough times that I don’t enjoy them but honestly you can’t really avoid them when reading a book that has romance in it. For this one it wasn’t that big of a deal but I think it becomes something important later on soo i’m just gonna deal with it. At this point I don’t know who to choose honestly I like them both but since I accidentally spoiled myself on Tumblr I know that there is a possible third love interest so let’s see how that goes (now you’re spoiled too).
The world was full of interesting Russian folklore and random words from the language which was quite fun to read through. As for the world building though, I wasn’t too impressed. It felt kind of unfinished but I am expecting it to get better in the next book. Overall it’s not something new for a debut novel.
Something I really enjoy in a book is when it has a map in it. I just really love them. And this one is so cool in my opinion. I love the little artwork on the side.
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I really enjoyed reading this book and I am so curious about what’s going to happen next. Totally recommend it to fantasy lovers and to anyone looking for something different.

Have you read the book? What do you think?

Favorite quote:
 “And there’s nothing wrong with being a lizard either. Unless you were born to be a hawk.” 

Review by:
A Traveler

Ash Princess

Ash Princess

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Author: Laura Sebastian
Genre: Fantasy, Young-Adult
Category: Trilogy (Book 1 of 3)
Number of pages: 432

Started: 17/09/2018 – Finished: 24/09/2018
Rating: ****/5

Description (Goodreads):
Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia’s family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess–a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.

For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She’s endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.

Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn’t always won on the battlefield.

For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here.

Review:
I’m going to say what everyone else is saying – I’ve read this plot before. Rightful queen wants to reclaim her throne, evil ruler and a love triangle.
But!
It does have it’s own story. This book is an entertaining , easy and quick read. It has some darker aspects like slavery, racism, torture, graphic abuse and rape. These thing are pretty much what drive the story.
I enjoyed how Theo played the stupid princess when she really wasn’t. And watching her manipulate people was quite enjoyable. Trough-out the book I asked these questions so many times: ‘Do I like this character do I not? Is this character good or not?’ and it was such a driving factor to see who will betray who in the end or will they be able to betray each other at all.
The love triangle was entertaining because sometimes you wonder is it it actually a triangle or is Theo that good of an actress.
The political part was well written as well.
Overall it’s not a new plot, not a new world, which I understand as it is a debut novel, but it is good in it’s own way and it was a page-turner. I will follow the next books for sure.
There were many times I compared it to Red queen and not so often to Throne of glass. So if you enjoyed those I’d recommend you check this one out!

Have you read this book? What did you think?

Favorite quote:
“My body remembers – even when the rest of me forgets – that I am not made for curtsying.”

 

Yours:
A Traveler

Assassin’s creed: The secret crusade

Assassin’s Creed: The Secret Crusade

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Author: Oliver Bowden
Genre: Historical Fiction, Adventure
Category: Series [ 9 Books]
Number of pages: 453

Started: 06/09/2018 – Finished: 16/09/2018
Rating: ****½/5

Description [Goodreads]:
NICCOLO POLO, FATHER OF MARCO, WILL FINALLY REVEAL THE STORY HE HAS KEPT SECRET ALL HIS LIFE – THE STORY OF ALTAIR, ONE OF THE BROTHERHOOD’S MOST EXTRAORDINARY ASSASSINS.

Altair embarks on a formidable mission – one that takes him throughout the Holy Land and shows him the true meaning of the Assassin’s Creed. To demonstrate his commitment, Altair must defeat nine deadly enemies, including Templar leader, Robert de Sable. 
Altair’s life story is told here for the first time: a journey that will change the course of history; his ongoing battle with the Templar conspiracy; a family life that is as tragic as it is shocking; and the ultimate betrayal of an old friend.

Review:
This book is based on the first Assassin’s creed game that tells the story of the master assassin Altair Ibn la Ahad.
Altair is send on an important mission to retrieve an artifact, joined by two other assassins. Due to his arrogance he fails the mission, not only loosing the artifact but also getting one of his comrades killed and causing the other to lose an arm. Because of his actions he is stripped of his rank and title and forced to reclaim them by successfully  assassinating 9 targets. On his journey he mends his relationships with members of the creed, discovers a betrayal by a close friend and realizes what it truly means to be an assassin.
I am a huge fan of the assassin’s creed games. The plot has always been a driving factor; I love the story of the creed and I love the story of each individual assassin. Altair is the first assassin you could play with and a lot of people [including me] consider him a favorite. The journey of him going from arrogant brat to master assassin is quite an interesting one and the story always managed to keep me on my toes , waiting for what’s going to happen next.
Now i’ve seen people talk about how the cover says ‘The untold story..’ but in reality everything that happens in the book ,happens in the game as well. I do agree with that. Pretty much everything is the same from the dialogs to the way he assassinates his victims but for me that wasn’t that big of an issue. I enjoyed reliving his story.
Even if chronologically this should be the first book you should read, there are two books that were released prior to this one. And in my opinion you should read them first. At the time I was reading this one I felt that if I hadn’t played the games I wouldn’t have understood a lot of stuff. So maybe reading the two books – Renaissance and Brotherhood – will help you understand things better.

 

These two tell the story of a different assassin, years after Altair’s story, but they do a good job at explaining the actions of the creed.
10/10 would recommend this book. I’m not a big fan of historical/historical fiction novels but hands down this series and the games are amazing.

Favorite quote:
” I wish I could say I’m sorry. But I tend to get what I want.”

Have you read the books or played the games? What did you think?

Yours:
A Traveler

Red Queen Series

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Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Young-Adult
Category: Series [4 Books]
Number of pages[of each book]: 383/444/528/662

 

Started: -/06/2018 — Finished -/07/2018
Rating: *****/5

Description(Book 1)[Goodreads]:

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

Review:

This series could win the award for blowing my mind with that plot twist in the last book.

As the descriptions says: the world is divided by two kinds of blood; one with superpowers and one without them. The Reds are treated like lowlifes and are basically forced to fight in the Silvers war the day they reach the age of 18; unless they are an apprentice of some kind. 

The lead character Mare Barrow is a 17 year old Red girl who knows that as soon as her 18th birthday comes, she will have to leave her family, her friend Kilorn however is an apprentice fisherman and would get to live his life as such. That is until his mentor dies.
Kilorn was orphaned at a young age and with no family or home he would have starved if it wasn’t for Mare, who fed and nurtured him. Even though at that time he constantly picked fight with her ,they befriended each other.
At the news of her friends mentor dying, Mare tries to free both of them from war duty by contacting the Red Guard [ a Red military resistance group]. In order to get their help she needs a big amount of money. With help from her sister she starts work in a Silvers palace, where she realizes that despite the color of her blood she too has powers. And that’s were things get complicated. The silvers try to hide her, she tries to bring them down from the inside by helping the Red Guard.

I truly enjoyed this plot. I enjoyed reading about Mare trying to figure out why she was different or if she was the only Red with Silver powers and her journey helping the Red Guard. I liked the fact that she was not perfect. She made mistakes, she took rash decisions and I LOVED it. I enjoyed every characters personality. I liked the multiple POV’s.  And of course..THE BETRAYAL, there is so much of it and whenever a new character was introduced you’re first thought is “should I trust you…probably not” [the same goes with characters you’re already familiar with , you just can’t trust anyone]. I am very happy to have picked up these books. I got so into them I read the whole series in a few weeks.

 

There is something I don’t really enjoy in this book – a love triangle. I’m not a fan of them. Even so, if there is one I do what most people do – I choose one of the love interests and stay on that team but in this case I just couldn’t decide..and that’s never happened to me 😀 …I liked it.[ I did stay on one in the end]. The triangle exists, it’s essential for the storyline, but it’s not overwhelming ,like most are ,which is why it didn’t bother me.

The world however didn’t feel complete to me. The locations ,like cities and such, did, but the world overall.. I just felt like there could have been more.

Even so I would absolutely recommend the series. It completely deserves the title Best seller. I will keep following the fandom and if Victoria Aveyard comes out with any new novels I will be sure to read them.

Favorite quote:
“Flame and shadow. One cannot exist without the other.”

 

[I’m still not over that plot twist]

Review by:
A Traveler

 

 

 

 

Nevernight

There’s a first for everything!

As this is my first review I would like to start with a recent favorite of mine.

Nevernight 

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Author: Jay Kristoff
Genre: Fantasy, Young-adult
Category: Trilogy [Book 1 of 3]
Number of pages: 630

Started 21/07/2018 – Finished 30/07/2018
Rating: *****/5

Description(Goodreads):
In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

Review:
Where do I start omg, I LOVED It!
This book was an absolute page-turner for me.
BUT
To be honest the first 2-3 chapters were kinda slow, I wasn’t that excited to know what happens next ,so if you had asked me if I liked it while i was on those chapters, I would have probably said meh 😀
BUT
That changed so fast when Mia’s journey began. I got so into it and couldn’t put it down to the point my eyes started hurting. Have you ever liked a book so much you didn’t care you were going blind??

So the main protagonist is Mia Corvere who wants to avenge her fathers death after he was betrayed by his comrades. To be able to do that she has to learn to be an assassin. So she goes to a ‘school for assassins'[or blades as they are called in the book] called The Red Church. And…it’s basically Hogwarts with a twist ahahaha. The school provides training in hand to hand combat, poison making, the art of seduction, stealing and whatnot. But that’s not the ‘twist’ I was talking about. The twist is that some tests are..softly said brutal. Not everyone survives this book so don’t pick favorite characters [I made that mistake]. The school is full of hidden secrets which made me want to study there just to discover them all. It also has a giant, moving library so what’s not to love???
Mia isn’t your normal girl . She is a Darkin – ‘one who controls the darkness itself’. She has a companion cat named Mister Kindly who drinks her fears for which she is essentially fearless [And has a spectrum of cool powers]. She is an absolute bad ass and I enjoyed her personality and her story sooo much.
10/10 would live in this world.
It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book with such an interesting world; from the three suns to the city Mia lives in. While reading the book I realized how much time the author spent just building the history of the place and I love that.
I feel like there are a hundred other things I could mention but I don’t wish to spoil readers any further. I loved everything about it so if you ever come across it please try it out. If you’re a fan of fantasy reads I promise you will not be disappointed.

Favorite quote:

“The books we love, they love us back. And just as we mark our places in the pages, those pages leave their marks on us. I can see it in you, sure as I see it in me. You’re a daughter of the words. A girl with a story to tell.”

 

      Review by:
A Traveler