My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Publication Date: January 5th 2016
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Point of View: 1st Person Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBT, Magic
Sixteen-year-old Elli was only a child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic in service of her people. The only life Elli has known has been in the temple, surrounded by luxury, tutored by magic-wielding priests, preparing for the day when the queen perishes—and the ice and fire find a new home in Elli, who is prophesied to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.
But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.
Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between her love for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must choose the right side before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.
Unless you insist that this will blow my mind in a few chapters, and you can really, really bet on that, I am stopping my reading at page ninety.
Everything is just ‘‘okay’’ about this book or so: the main character, the secondary characters, the world-building, the magic, the atmosphere, the nonexistent but soon to become – I think – romance and the plot. The writing is really good, though.
Elli is not a strong heroine, in fact, she seems pretty fragile to me. She also feels much younger than she actually is, which is sixteen. She’s a gentle soul, but is that enough to be queen? I don’t think so.
There has been so little action so far, when the potential is clearly there. I’m normally very entertained by princesses, and queens and life at court, but all Elli thinks about is her Valtia, her maid and the magic that will soon be unleashed from inside her. Truth be told, she’s a pretty boring person.
And there is no magic inside her.
And this is just not delivering.
Maybe I’ll come back to it someday, but for now it’s a DNF.