⚡️ Hi, friends! how are you? what have you been doing? I hope you’re very well, enjoying the day surrounded by the best readings!.❤️ Today super excited, as every time I post lol, but this time I bring you two reviews that I was hoping to actually bring you for a while now and that I’ve finally been able to write, so here we are! Both books this time are ARCs, so first I want to take a second to thank the publishers and authors very much for sending me these copies in exchange for honest reviews. 😊 I’m more than happy because not only it’s a pleasure for me to talk a little about not-so-well-known books, but I’ve also adored BOTH! So, I really hope you decide to add them to your TBR to give them a chance sometime soon. Both are dark fantasy books, with unique worlds & supremely interesting characters, plus they both also have big plot twists and the writers are very addictive! 😍
Now without further ado, I hope you enjoy the post very much, and LET’S GET STARTED!⚡️
A deadly contest. A vaulting ambition. How far will one cyren go to win?
Mighty cyrens have ruled the ancient lair of Saddoriel for centuries. A cavernous fortress, a subterranean labyrinth of tunnels and levels, powered by magic and music…
From the moment she was born, Roh, the daughter of an infamous criminal, has been despised by her own kind. Restricted to the Lower Sector and forced to work as a common bone cleaner, she has always believed she belongs above: where lies adventure… and power.
Opportunity arises in the form of the Queen’s Tournament, a treacherous set of trials that could see the victor crowned ruler of the entire lair. Up against the most cunning, dangerous cyrens in all the realms, does Roh stand a chance?
A Lair of Bones is the first gripping book in the dark fantasy quartet, Curse of the Cyren Queen.
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This book is extraordinary, a beginning of a series that will surely be of high impact; I’m not even surprised that I’ve enjoyed it so much because I’ve already read the author in the past and I’ve loved it too, so I already had an idea that this book would be just as addictive as her previous books and I wasn’t mistaken. I’m not the biggest fan of sirens as such, but in this book, this mythological creature has a very unique and interesting twist that hooked me a lot; I also liked The Tournament the book focuses on and how this factor is used. It’s a story that plays a lot with the morals of this society, it has an exceptional world construction, and I adore the main character. I’m so happy to have enjoyed this book!
In this book, we meet Cyren, a powerful species that rules Saddoriel’s ancient lair, a labyrinthine fortress powered by magic and music. Here we follow Roh, a young cyren, daughter of a known criminal who has been restricted to the lower zone to work cleaning bones. Still, Roh has always felt that she belongs on top, so when the opportunity to return shows up, she takes it: The Queen’s Tournament, where she must beat the most powerful and dangerous Cyren. Still, Roh is willing to try, as the tournament winner will rule the entire lair.
This book has a dangerous, tense, and intense vibe all the time; I love reading high fantasy from an author who knows how to manage time and create unique and successful environments. I really love the experience and would like to re-read this book sometime before jumping into the sequel, as I think it has many details and situations that are wonderful to relive. Obviously, the action is the protagonist during most of the story. Due to The Tournament and other high-impact situations, this makes it a super dynamic and quick-to-read story. It obviously has its dark side, which we not only enjoy in the hands of this peculiar and unique world but also because of the personal story of the main character, which is quite hard.
The book also has a fairly political and social background that discusses the norms and morals within this species and the decisions that have been made in the past. We also see the main character going through a transformation process that’s extremely intense and shocking, and I loved that.
The author’s writing style is a pleasure to read; I adore her trilogy, The Oremere Chronicles; it’s brilliant, I highly recommend it, and I found myself again with beautiful descriptions worthy of a movie, super descriptive, but in the best way. I also love how she handles tension and how her stories are written, which makes them super addictive to read. If you’re going to commit to one of her books, you have to have time on your hands because you’ll not want to stop reading. I love this author; I highly recommend her!
As for the characters, as I mentioned before, they’re realistic within the mythological and fantastical of themselves, but they also have very marked personalities that make it easy to recognize them one another; this greatly facilitates the reading movement. I loved Roh, mostly because she’s that kind of morally gray character that I usually enjoy, but also tormented and selfish, that kind of character that really has a huge evolution within the book. I’m glad to see that kind of progress just the beginning of her journey; this shows me that in the future, in the following books, it will be even more shocking what this character will be able to demonstrate; I’m very excited about her, very proud in some way too. You may not like her very well initially, but this is the intention since you achieve while reading to understand the reason for her decisions and personality. A fascinating character to explore that deserves recognition . Of course, the secondary characters are wonderful too, and I really don’t have anything bad to say about them.
This is not only a story of redemption and revenge, but it’s a story that has its elements of mystery as well and its great revelations, so without a doubt, it’s worth reading it, since the description given to this world of fantasy full of action is only the surface.
What did I not like about this book? Well, you know that I’m demanding with my readings, but especially with this one because I knew that I would love the author’s style, so I expected a lot. I have to say that although I end up enjoying it a lot, it cost me a little to enter the world at first; this is quite common in me because there’s a lot of info. There are things that I didn’t understand from the first moment that was confusing for me; even so, it ends up being all super clear, and I liked it a lot. Also, I have to confess that, in general, I would not read a book that focuses on mermaids kind of creatures because it’s not usually my jam. I’m not too fond of tournaments in books either, which is a hugely unpopular opinion, I know, lol, but this only shows how incredible this book is cause I actually liked that aspect as well. After all, I made an exception because I adore the author, and everything flows perfectly and completely captivates me.
I recommend this book if you want to read a unique YA Fantasy with high-impact scenes and a lot of action, but also a book that gives a new twist to mythological beings and gives us wonderful characters and a supremely dark, captivating plot. It has many incredible twists too, and a lot of growth, the world’s construction is brilliant. It’s a great start to what I hope will be a series. I can’t wait to read the following few books!
Time is running out.
With two Relics now in her possession, Kaylan must claim the final three before rebel leader Bellamy De Winter does. Then she must find a way to destroy the stones, once and for all.
But the magic is different now… and so is Kaylan.
After losing so much, she has forged a new bond with the Relic. It is more than mere magic, more than just a stone. Kaylan sees the dead Lord of Edriast, the man she killed to save herself, standing by her side.
The Relic is the only one who understands her now. But every word it whispers in her ear could be a lie. Every chance she gives it could be her final error.
As Kaylan pits her power against the men who seek to take it from her, she finds herself – and those she cares for – in more danger than ever before. And through it all, the Relic claims to be her ally… But as the perils of magic become clearer, Kaylan begins to wonder: will trusting the Relic lead to victory – or to death?
Rising is the gripping final volume in Bronwyn Eley’s dark YA fantasy series, The Relic Trilogy.
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I really liked this conclusion; I think this is a clear case of a highly original trilogy that not many people know and undoubtedly deserves more love. In this book, we explore more the characters’ thoughts in general, especially Kaylan’s, who’s now going through a massive change in herself and must face a last challenge. There are excellent plot twists and moments that take your breath away; I think of the three books. This one it’s the most challenging and intense book so far, which leads to a great ending that I really liked .
In this concluding book of the Relic trilogy, we accompany Kaylan and her friends in the last part of their journey to destroy the stones once and for all. But along the way, she has forged an even more intense connection with The Relic, which continues to be a questionable source for Kaylan, and even when this could be her path to victory, she doesn’t know if she can fully trust it.
It’s difficult to describe the third book, so this review will be pretty vague; I invite you to read my previous reviews in case you want to know more about the plot of these books. But broadly speaking, we always follow the same guiding thread, the darkness and the danger that magic represents in this world and the fragility of the human being. It’s extremely interesting because, as I think I’ve said before, not only it’s a perfect fantasy world, but it’s also one of those books that focuses more than anything on mental fragility and the darkness behind people’s intentions; it’s fascinating and complex. The fantastical world is very solid, but it’s not what stands out for me, but rather the characters and the use of the mind in these books is fantastic.
The author’s style has grown a lot during the books; in this one, I highlight this point; the author manages to convey everything that the characters feel in a very raw way so that you feel committed to the journey of the main character. I believe that Kaylan‘s journey has made her grow a lot despite some challenges that she has still in her life. I think that she has managed to understand a lot about herself and has been able to kill some of her mental demons, and that’s wonderful; at the end of the day, I’m glad where her story gone.
It isn’t much else I can share, but I really invite you to read this fantastic trilogy; we follow an incredibly dark story at times that speaks a lot about mental health in some way but also explores the magic and its adverse effects on people, in addition, we go through different states together along with the characters, where we meet them in different ways, and I love that. The world’s construction is outstanding, especially as we progress during each book it improves and improves, also the atmosphere is brilliant and one of my favorite things! Such a great story, which I cannot fail to recommend. Every step we take is shocking, and the author shows excellent talent by giving us incredible twists that will make you addicted to this story.
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