In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows are part of every aspect of life…until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything.
That terrible night has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother’s death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost.
But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them.
Release Date: 9th July 2019
I received this book back in the December 2018 Fairyloot box but have just now gotten it read. Mind you, with its release in July it probably is the best time to get reading so that you dear reader, don’t have to wait… overly long for its release. I took this book with me on a holiday and it provided all the entertainment i needed for a plane ride.
Anthia is our main character, the one we follow as her world is ripped apart during an attack started by an opposing nation. And we get to follow her as she suffers the effects of what this attack has done to get mentally and physically. Her sister has assumed the mantle of Queen in the meantime and is forced to make an important but terrible decision in relation to her sister. Throughout the book we discover the fiery nature that Thia possesses as she puzzles and fights to right the wrongs of her nation with her best friend and guard, Kiva at her side.
Kiva is a beautiful supporting character who is equally supportive and vulnerable. She is Thia’s rock during her most difficult time and follows her into unfamiliar territories even though she herself, isn’t in the best of condition mentally. As the book goes on we see her being distracted by another person who has garnered her interest – and I feel that this is a failure on the writers part as it isn’t in tune with the earlier character we see in the book. I hope that in the second book this is rectified and we see their bond as it truly is.
Ericen is the Prince that Anthia is to marry. The Son of a volatile and angry Queen and leader of a nature which has Rhodaire on it’s knees, he know she has power over Anthia but there seems to be something else behind is actions which allude to someone who has more personality that is to be explored.
The characters are the true strength of this novel which enables the reader to connect to the story and feel as they feel. This makes up for the lack of descriptions and world building for the most part, however is does feel like the world is not 3-dimensional as you read on. This is something that I, personally am able to look past but i know many readers who are unable to, and for them I hope they still give this book a chance and the opportunity to improve in the final book in the duology.