Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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.
After reading this, I was trying to come up with some comp titles—Game of Thrones? A Court of Thorns and Roses? Uprooted? Stain? All of the above!
I love fantasy, and the deeper the author gets into world building the more I find myself tumbling down into their rabbit hole. Josephson did such a great job crafting a massive world with their own beliefs as well as political intrigue. There is so much going on in this story but it all ties together wonderfully.
Anthia, our MC, grows by leaps and bounds and is truly a strong female lead. Typically I can’t stand female leads [don’t throw stones! It’s just how I am] but I truly enjoyed reading Anthia’s story, and seeing how she managed with the hand she was dealt.
The supporting characters were wonderful, too, they’re all vastly different from one another and while there is romance in the story it takes the back seat to the most important thing—the warring kingdoms.
There is a big cliffhanger at the end which made me want the second installment today and it pains me to know I have to wait! I need answers!
All in all, a great read and I would give it 4 savvy crowns!
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