SPOILER -FREE REVIEW
This book follows two perspectives. One is Laia. She and her family are in a group called the scholars which aren't favored by the Empire. They try their best to stay quiet and hidden, but one day her brother is taken and she decides to join a group of rebels and becomes their spy. The other perspective is Elias. He was put into a combat training school at a very young age and was forced to learn the way of killing. He doesn't agree with the rules of the school and the laws of the Empire. The two characters at some point meet and a LOT happens throughout the story.
Star Rating: 5/5 stars
Review: From the first chapter I was hooked. Throughout the story, I was reminded of why I want to be a writer. For example, at some point, I was wanting to create a world full of characters just like the ones Sabaa Tahir had made. Also, the characters (some especially) had a very dark side. Others had a very good side. The world-building was done VERY well and I could imagine the characters as if they were real. At some points, you don't even know who to ship with who. I think there will be a love-triangle at some point in the series. I CAN NOT wait to get my hands on the sequel. I am also very excited to get my hands on A Reaper at the Gates which comes out June 12th. Happy early Pub Day by the way! I wish I could have gone to BookCon on the same day as her, but maybe (hopefully) next year she will be going again and I would too on the same day.
Wow! The only problem I had was the death of the grandparents. I know, I know It's needed for the plot I just really liked them as characters. The love-triangle I mentioned earlier will be with (I think) Laia, Elias, and Keenan. I really ship Laia and Elias though, after that kiss... Well, you can see I really do ship the two of them. What should their ship name be? Lias? Elaia? Anywho, I got sidetracked so let's get back to the review. I loved reading about the trials! And since Elias was doing the trials, I enjoyed his perspective more! A lot of my feelings about the book can be read up in the spoiler-free section, but I literally love this book. It is definitely one of my favorite book of 2018 and one of my favorite books of all time!
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Q: What is your favorite genre to write in?
A: Fantasy and historical-fiction
So Long for now,