Having seen this book a lot on my social media feeds, I thought that I would take a gamble and request it on NetGalley. I am so glad I did! I loved this book from the first page and am eagerly anticipating the book’s release on the 25th to get my hands on a physical copy. I was given this book for free in return for an honest review.
I had a sister, once…
In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.
I promised her the throne would not come between us.
Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.
But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled.
Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.
Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken.
I loved this book from the first page, it is so beautifully written that it was hard to put the book down. I did however feel the same thing that I always do when a book is told from multiple points of view, that one of the people are just not as interesting at that given moment as the others. I was glad to see that this shifted throughout the book through as different people reached action packed parts of their story.
Dead men tell no tales- and point no fingers
There were a few parts of this story that I guessed/hoped would happen from quite early on, but I was given twists that I never would have expected so was still given something to route for and to keep me invested in the story. Near the end of the book, there was a scene that produced this reaction from me:
So that was good. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy so go and buy it or pre-order it now, it will be well worth your money!
Nothing about hope is foolish.