In the city of Eldra, people are ruled by ancient prophecies. For centuries, the high council has stayed in power by virtue of the prophecies of the elder seers. After the last infallible prophecy came to pass, growing unrest led to murders and an eventual rebellion that raged for more than a decade.
In the present day, Cassa, the orphaned daughter of rebels, is determined to fight back against the high council, which governs Eldra from behind the walls of the citadel. Her only allies are no-nonsense Alys, easygoing Evander, and perpetually underestimated Newt, and Cassa struggles to come to terms with the legacy of rebellion her dead parents have left her — and the fear that she may be inadequate to shoulder the burden. But by the time Cassa and her friends uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, it may be too late to save the city — or themselves. (From Goodreads)
Thank you Pique Beyond for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I rate this book a 4 out of 5 Stars.
Fans of Six Of Crows, you’re going to love this book!! I know I did. This book was filled with an eclectic group of friends, who you meet when they are locked up in dungeons awaiting their death sentence. We also learn of a prophecy that changes their lives. In the following chapters, you meet, Cassa, Alys, Evander, Newt, (My favorite) and Vesper (another favorite). They all have some diversity to them, Poc, Bi-sexual, Gay, Mental Illness, etc. I adored that they were not cookie cutter characters, and that they all added their own part to this story line. When one had a weakness, the other was there to show their strength. I love books based on friendship, but I love them even more when they are of the fantasy genre.
Finding out what was beneath the citadel was very intriguing, and seeing what happened to this rag-tag group of friends afterwards was so much fun! While the book took a bit to pull me in, once it did, I was in full force and I was flying through the pages wanting to see how this story panned out. There was so many shocking turns and twists, that it definitely kept me on my toes. With the exception of one thing, I loved how it ended. (If you’ve read it, you will know what I am speaking of). I also really appreciate that this book is a standalone, it means I don’t have to wait another year for the next one!
I loved Soria’s world building, and her character development., not to mention that fantastic opening chapter that grabs you by the hand and does not let you go. The characters were so detailed and real that I felt like they could just walk right off the pages of the book. I am so glad that I read this book, and if you’ve read it, drop your thoughts down in the comments so that we can discuss!
Four people were supposed to die at sunrise. The four members of the council sat in the Judgement Hall, prepared to declare the prisoners’ fate. The high chancellor himself oversaw the proceedings, as was customary in trials for treason. Deep beneath the citadel, the executioner was waiting.