The first book in a duology. And it is a spectacular start to a series. Love, grief, revenge, rebellion, and betrayal. Two kingdoms at war; Puerto Leones, and Memoria. Puerto Leones under the rule of a vicious King and Prince son. Memoria a scattered Kingdom in hiding with a small band of rebels called Whispers. The people of Memoria have gifts that concentrate on different aspects of mind manipulation. Persuari, as you can all probably guess, is a potent power of suggestion. Ventari, mind readers. Illusionari, creators of illusion. Robari, an ability to take memory for their own.
Renata was only a child when she was kidnapped by the crown. As a memory thief, the rarest and most feared of the magical Moria, she was used to carry out the King’s Wrath, a siege that resulted in the death of thousands of her own people.
Now Renata is one of the Whispers, a rebel spy working against the crown. When Dez, her commander – and the boy she’s grown to love – is taken prisoner by the notorious Prince Dorado, Renata must return to the palace and complete his top-secret mission herself. Can she keep her cover, even as she burns for vengeance against the brutal, enigmatic prince? Her life and the fate of the Moria depend on it.
But returning to the palace stirs memories long locked away. As Renata grows more deeply embedded in the royal court, she uncovers a secret that could change to fate of the entire kingdom – and end the war that has cost her everything
Spoiler Free Review
Well, I am going to try and keep this as spoiler free as I can. But there were parts of it I enjoyed and some of it I was sat screaming profanities at the pages. I enjoyed this book. Honestly, I did. I don’t think it filled the hole that was left in my reading heart by Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas. But let’s be reasonable. Not every book is going to and that book was beyond words amazing to me. But this book was very enjoyable, I liked the main character even though sometimes I wanted to grab hold of her and shake her shouting ‘Open your fucking eyes!’ or ‘Put two and two together! Please!’.
This book is a young adult fiction, but it could fit into the adult fantasy section of any library or shop as well. I say this given that there are elements of torture, starvation, and practically world war two human cruelty style themes. A set type of people are hated and punished for existing. And the punishments are not limited. Heads left on display on spikes around the main city walls as a reminder to the ‘enemy’. Cages in which people are quite literally forgotten about and are left to starve or kill themselves or whatever other dark things happen in the dungeons. There are also cases of child abuse in this book. So, if you are someone that may find these sort of themes too much for you maybe don’t read this story.
It starts you, the reader, right in the thick of the action. Actually, you could almost think that it is nearing a tragic end given that there are implications that the rebels are losing. Losing badly. There are mentions of a home that they had already lost before we enter the book so naturally I think it would safe to assume that the rebels have either nearly all died or fled the country. But you don’t start with the main character, you start from the point of view of an older character who is a rebel. She is confronted by the Prince. Now the first chapter is usually the setting stone for how the rest of the book is going to play out or it provides you with information you need to move forward. It should also leave you with a question. What happens next? This definitely does. It paints a cruel image of a prince. But the author also leaves a tiny bit of doubt to this cruelness because the character we follow makes mention that he had been a sweet boy when he was tiny. In just the first chapter there is so much foreshadowing and suspicious implications for how the rest of the book will turn out and what these little implications mean that you want to find out.
Personally because I adore romance, and especially if it is an enemy to lover sort of story this book didn’t quite hit my favourites. It had action, intrigue and mystery, grief, and magic. Like any book with a royal family there are inner court gossips and betrayals. Underhanded strategic plays for the handsome prince’s attention. Even maids fancying him. However, because of the structure of the story and for aspects of it that I am not going to specifically mention because as I said trying to be spoiler free. There is no build up of lover relations, not really any romance, so it didn’t quite give me the curling my toes and kicking my feet squealing with delight. But it is still a worthwhile read. Well written, and I was absorbed into it that sometimes my partner would speak to me, and I would only register that he had spoken five minutes later and I would need to apologise that I didn’t quite take it in. He would laugh and forgive me.
I finished the book within the week I set myself. Next is now my big challenge so far. A whole book in a week. I think I can do it… I’d like to have some faith in myself. The only issue is of course something personal with family has come up for Christmas and I need to prepare for it. So amid all the preparation I will be trying to squeeze in a whole book in a week. I know to some of you that won’t sound like a lot. But for me, a particularly slow reader, this is going to be an actual challenge. The next step is to continue the story from where it left off. My next read is Illusionary by Zoraida Cordova. The second instalment to the duology. Reading the blurb after finishing the first book has left me actually quite excited. I won’t say more as again I mean this post to not spoil the book. But oh my goodness I hope this book has what is implied in the blurb.
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