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- Print Length: 428 pages
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- Publisher: Trabuco Ridge Press (April 6, 2020)
- Publication Date: April 6, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B085VWJGSN
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I am voluntarily posting an honest review after reading an Advance Reader Copy of this story.
Going backward is often difficult for me. I don't mind a prequel or 2, but starting way back as a "sister series" can be problematic because I always feel like I've already moved past that so I don't really care.
In this case, however, Megan has done a remarkable job of making me become invested in the characters who preceded Rei. It actually turned out to be quite interesting how the 9 realms came to be here, on this planet, and how they interact with each other. I found it fascinating to watch all the earlier people, like King Rindae and Prince Aradae, Princess Faeliel (Othin's daughter), Prince Daeturion (Othin's son), the ill-fated sword, Thulentur, and of course, Garamaen, the Sanyaro.
There is a lot of intrigue and courtly machinations that lead up to the world that Rei grew up in; certainly, enough to build a spinoff series! And while I found a bit too much description in this one, I chose to overlook that since first books, even first books in spinoff series, usually have a lot of backstory. And while I don't like a lot of description, I always allow for it in first, and sometimes even second books of a series, depending on how long that series intends to be. So I'll let it go for this one and just say this: this was an excellent start to a sister series, and I'm really looking forward to learning more about the world before The Sanyare Chronicles. I really really love that series, so finding out how they all came to be where they ended up is promising to be fun.
Well done, Megan Haskell! Well done, indeed! I am definitely looking forward to book 2.
This was an ARC copy, and my review was in my own words and of my own volition. As always.
This book does a perfect job with the different points of view, showing how differently things look to different people, and letting the characters draw their own conclusions about the intricate web of secrets that drives the story.
Megan Haskell weaves intrigue, betrayal, and lies perfectly together, driving the nine worlds inevitably toward war. A gripping tale of the reckless destruction wrought by the powerful, and the bone-deep bravery of those who seek to stop them.
The characters of Llewen and Curuthannor were interesting, and I felt engaged by both of their emotional journeys and connected to them. However, for me, it was the secondary characters that made it more interesting. The more I got to know each of them--good, bad, and otherwise--the more intrigued I was.
My favorite part had to be the way that EVERYONE suspected everyone else of terribly suspicious motives, when they were really just going about their own business as usual. A comedy of errors that could only exist in a world where everything is suspect and no one believes anyone else has pure motives.