“Allow your heart to have faith no matter what. It’s what will give you strength in troubled times.”
Synopsis: In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.
As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.
The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?
It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.
(Taken from Goodreads)
I went into this book knowing I was going to like it, and my prediction was so right! This book is a great start to what I think is going to be a very interesting and intricate epic fantasy series.
The characters were very interesting, and definitely my favourite thing about the book! The story follows four main characters: Cleo, Jonas, Magnus and Lucia, from three different kingdoms. Each character was very different and fascinating to read from. I’m not always the biggest fan of multiple viewpoints, but this book does them so well, because each character and each story is equally exciting to read. I also love ambiguous characters, who are both good and evil; this book has these characters in abundance! The character development that takes place in this book still has so much opportunity and potential, and I’m so excited to see how these characters will develop throughout the rest of the series.
It took me a little while to get into the actual plot, which, although very easy to follow, felt of secondary importance to the characters. The plot itself is very fast paced – if anything a little too fast. Some of the problems were solved very quickly, and some of the events, which in reality would have probably taken weeks, months or even years, happened either instantly, or within the space of a few hours. I didn’t mind this too much though, because, as I said, it felt completely secondary to the characters – whom this first book seemed to be primarily focused on.
There was also some great world-building in this first instalment. I love it when the first book in a fantasy series throws you straight into the world, its politics and mythology; where the reader is learning alongside the characters. Morgan Rhodes does a fantastic job of providing the information you need, when you need it, and it is never difficult to follow, but also complex enough to keep it interesting. In fact, it had the elements of a perfect fantasy for all fantasy readers – whether you want to get into the genre and don’t know where to start, or whether, like me, fantasy is what your bookshelves primarily consist of, this book has something for everyone.
Overall it was a fun, fast-paced book, with characters that I really grew attached to, and I can’t wait to carry on with the rest of the series!