AUTHOR: Claire Legrand
PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Fire
TARGET AUDIENCE: Young Adult
The publisher kindly sent me a physical copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.
One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.
As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.
This book is really great! The world, the characters, the storyline. They all equal up to an enchanting fantasy that leaves you with lots of questions, and ultimately wanting more!
We get two main characters in this story and thus, two main perspectives. First, is Rielle. She must endure seven difficult trials to prove to those around her that she is the Sun Queen. These trials are super interesting and almost gave me Hunger Games vibes. With Rielle’s story, I sometimes found that reading about the trials felt drawn on. I wanted to understand more about the magical / elemental side of the trials so that I could understand the events of the trial. Instead, I got a lot of the event versus the reasoning or importance behind it.
Second, we have Eliana. Her story happens 1000 years after Rielle’s. Although I love both characters, I find myself mostly drawn to Eliana’s story and I couldn’t wait until I got more. She’s this strong bounty hunter who is fiercely loyal and yet also selfish. It’s a conflicting personality but yet it is something that drew me in right from the beginning. I was constantly curious about her story as it was often moving around, which I loved!
There are two things I like most: the pacing and the female power! I love that we get to see two strong female characters that are unique. It is so incredibly important to have these types of main characters and I loved how different they were from each other, yet both empowering in their own way.
The world building in this novel is impeccable. Legrand is clearly a strong writer who is super descriptive in everything that she writes. As a reader, I often felt transported into these two worlds – like I was a spectator at the trials and I was running alongside bounty hunter Eliana. I just have so many questions!
My only qualm about this book is the fact that sometimes I did find I was a bit confused. Sometimes there is too much detail and I was afraid to miss something! While this did happen, it didn’t happen all that often. Moreover, these moments often left me with SO many unanswered questions. I love having questions in series, it makes you want more in the next books!
Overall, I highly recommend this book! It’s filled with suspense, thrilling moments, magic and wonderful characters. If you’re a fan of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and the Hunger Games, I feel like this book will give similar vibes while also making it all its own story.
”We all have darkness inside us, Rielle ... that is what it means to be human.Favourite Quote
About The Author
Claire Legrand is the New York Times bestselling author of several books for children and teens, most notably Furyborn, The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, the Edgar Award-nominated Some Kind of Happiness, and Sawkill Girls, which has been nominated for both a Stoker Award and a Lambda Literary Award. She lives in central New Jersey, where she works as a librarian.
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