A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself. A prince in danger must decide who to trust. A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings. Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war. In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light.
This book has been on my radar for awhile. I didn’t know much about it at the start, but the more I found out, the more I wanted to read. So many people have adored it and the premise sounds dark and bloody.
This book is really, really good. Without taking anything into a account anything else, at its core, it is just so solid and so amazing. It doesn’t feel like a debut novel and after reading it, I’m shocked that it is.
It’s as bloody as it sounds. But, its done with class? I dunno how to explain it, haha. The blood magic is handled gracefully and it got its point across without being too graphic, which I really appreciated. It allowed the story to stand on its own and not rely on shock value.
It’s hard to describe how vivid this world is. I can practically feel it. While it didn’t come across as strong while reading it, as I think back on scenes, everything is so strong and so clear. I know that’s weird, but I think it says something for the writing. I got such a clear picture of the world, the characters, and even the magic system.
There were some parts of this book where I was starting to think things were going to go downhill and I wasn’t going to be a fan of some plot points. But, a few chapters later SURPRISE! NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS! And those plot points are completely different and completely amazing once again. The twists came at just the right points and jerked me out of whatever calmness I thought I might have found.
The world is nothing like I’ve read before. It has political intrigue, while also having an overflow of monsters. Which is amazing. I can’t wait to see this world expanded on and some bigger, badder monsters take center stage. And while this world is strong, the plot still moves along smoothly and the characters are still incredibly well developed. I even got attached to side characters and I felt such a connection to their little rag tag group.
This book is something else. I never thought you could put religion, monsters, and holy wars into one book and yet here we are. All the hype is definitely worthy. I cannot wait to see where this story goes, cause I think the next two books are going to be even better than this one.
Thank you for reading!