About the book -
The gripping New York Times bestseller that is Game of Thrones for teens
In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power—brutally transforming their subjects' lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined:
Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct.
Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people's revolution centuries in the making.
Lucia: A girl adopted at birth into a royal family discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.
Magnus: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, a firstborn son begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword. . . .
The only outcome that's certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?
I have mixed feelings about this book because I enjoyed it but also I found quite a few flaws when writing this review that are hard to ignore. Don't get me wrong it's a good solid book, but it's not great. It didn't leave me breathless, it didn't give me the feeling like I can't turn the pages fast enough. There's some really good interesting characters and an awesome plot and story but not the best execution. I felt like through the whole book I was waiting to find out what the overall plot was supposed to be, it left me feeling like the whole book was a prologue, like the whole point was just to get you familiarized with the world and the characters, but it didn't feel like a lot actually happened.
I loved Cleo for the most part but I don't know that I ever understood her character because at one part she feels like a spoiled princess and then it seems like she's an overall good person that just pretends to be that spoiled princess and I could never tell if she was the spoiled princess or someone else all together. As much as I wanted to like her it's like she was fake, like everything about her was a lie and I was left not knowing who she was as a character. I liked Theon and I wanted to see their relationship grow, it starts out slow and seems like it will be something that will be prolonged throughout the series, like you won't get to see them so much as kiss in this book because it's going to be a sweet long awaited relationship and then it progresses to insta love in two point zero seconds and it's disappointing to say the least.
That's the feel for the whole book like it was building slowly towards so many things and you're excepting a big payoff and then the ending is rushed and unfulfilling.
I was really intrigued by Magnus's character but again by the end I was left feeling disappointed in him, like his character could have been so much more than it was. I do hope he will be redeemed in book two.
Jonas was probably my favorite character and I want more of him! Towards the end he was the only one I think that I knew who he was, I understood him, he was the only one that wasn't hiding behind a mask. And while I like interesting characters, characters you trust that turn out bad and the like, with this book it felt, for the most part, like the author couldn't decide who the characters were and I didn't like that. Jonas though actually grew throughout the book I felt like I did get to know him unlike the others.
Lucia was an okay character though I didn't realize she was supposedly one of the main characters until I was copying the description from goodreads, so take what you will from that.
The watcher thing was one of the more interesting aspects of the book but I found the stories the other characters told and heard to be the most interesting part of it, it felt like the parts that were from a watchers point of view were just there when the author didn't know what else to put to fill a hole, you know? I felt it was kinda pointless.
In the end I think it could have been better but was still good, a solid three and a half stars, and I will read the second in the hopes that it makes the first one worth it.
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