Laia is a slave.
Elias is a soldier.
Neither is free.
I was going to post the whole blurb but it was too long. If you click the picture it’ll take you to the full blurb.
So long story short (literally it’s like 500 pages long) this book is basically about Laia and Elias. Laia’s brother Darin has been arrested and she ends up inside the military academy as a spy for the Rebels in exchange for her brother’s freedom. At the same time, Elias who is a mask (they are the people being trained in the military academy), wants out of the academy and wants to leave to be free. That’s the gist of it, but it is way more complicated than that.
I’m not a big fantasy reader but I was in the mood for something different so I picked this up and… it really wasn’t what I was expecting. I really liked the storyline and the plot, I found it really interesting.
I also really liked all of the characters, although the romance (what little of it there was) was so confusing. It was like a love square. I also felt like there needed to be more romance in it, especially considering the blurb you would think the slave and soldier get together. Maybe in the next book but I really do think the blurb was misleading.
What I really loved was the map. I’ve never used a map in a book but I did for this and man it was so good! I loved it, it made it so easy to visualise where they were in relation to everything else. Except there were two places I couldn’t find on the map, and I’m not sure if it was just because it was 3am or if it actually wasn’t there. Who knows. Oh and also the lingo they had. Instead of God they would use the word “skies” so they would have “Skies only knows” or “Oh my skies”. And they also has “ten bleeding hells” and “how in the ten hells” and I just thought that was really cool. No idea what it means though.
What I didn’t like about this book was I thought it was too complicated. It’s such a long book and I felt like she was trying to fit too much information into it. Plot wise, not much really happened. I mean it was good, I liked the plot, but I think it could have been condensed a bit. Also, the explanation of all of the different things could have been better. I still have no idea about half of the stuff that happened and it makes me feel like I’m really missing out on something since so many people absolutely love this book. I also felt like this book was building up constantly, like something really big was going to happen, and then nothing really happened. It was a big letdown. Also, I swear each character had like 10 different names and it was so hard to keep track of. Especially the side characters, I’d have to go back and re-read to try and figure out who the hell they were talking about.
I probably would recommend this if you’re a fan of fantasy, but I’d also recommend that you lower your expectations and prepare to concentrate really hard. Will I continue this series? Probably not.
Book: 6.5/10 (LeBook Rating Scale)
Format: Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Acquired from: Harper
Favourite Quote: “This life I not always what we think it will be’, Cain says. ‘You are an ember in the ashes, Elias Venturius. You will spark and burn, ravage and destroy. You cannot change it. You cannot stop it.’” Because I freaking love when you find the title of the book, in the book!
**This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review
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