My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date: December 11th 2012
Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Prophecy, Magic, Romance, Kings and Queens, Magic, Family
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.
While this series begs for comparisons to Game of Thrones, I would be lying if I told you that they have nothing in common.
Both worlds are merciless, bloodthirsty, complex, magical and truly addictive to the reader.
Some might say that it lacks originality. I agree. How often in your life did you read about a princess wanting to escape a marriage, or a rebel who thought he could change the world, or a prince helplessly in love with the wrong girl, or magic lost but on the brink of being rediscovered?
If you’re a diehard fan of fantasy, your answer would be none other than a thousand times before.
BUT. And this is where the addictiveness comes into play. It is true that the author does not show an immense amount of creativity in this book, but she knows how to make a reader happy.
What makes a reader happy, you may ask. Well, I cannot speak for each and every one of you, but I’ll tell you what might appeal to you: a limited amount of romance, secrets everywhere, deaths all the time, forbidden liaisons, magic to spice the plot, POV changes at the right moments, action and adventure to quicken the pacing and weave the characters into dangerous situations.
Sure, it could have been more original, but look at all it has going on for itself! Those are the things that will make you not want to stop reading. Forget the lack of creativity, and forget the comparison to the highly acclaimed fantasy series for adults, Game of Thrones.
Forget that, because the truth is, once you start it, all you’ll be able to think about is this series.
Want more reasons to prove that is bound to happen? I’ll give you four more:
This book in three words?