Author: Claire Legrand
Format: Paperback (arc from fairyloot)
Publisher: Scourcebooks fire
Page count: 491
Release day: May 22nd 2018
Series: Empirium #1
Rating: 3 stars
What is it about?
This book follows two fierce woman, Rielle and Eliana, who live 1000 years apart from each other.
Rielle exposes her abilities while trying to save her best friend. The only people who should be able of these powers is a pair of prophesied queens: one the queen of light and one the queen of blood. For Rielle to proof she is the sun queen she has to go through trials to test her magic.
A 1000 years later, Eliana is trying to keep her family alive after the Empire took over her country. She believes herself invincible, until her mother disappears. While trying to find her mother, she joins up with a rebel captain on a dangerous mission, and discovers that the Empire is even worse than she thought.
What I thought:
I expected to really love this book, which unfortunately was not true.
I really loved the idea of this book and the magic system, it was not the most original magic system, but because of the way it was executed it did not feel like I had already read this system to often.
I really liked the main characters, Rielle and Eliana! I did prefer Eliana’s story over Rielle’s story. This because at some point Rielle’s story started to feel a bit repeated with all the trials and such.
Also Remy is adorable.
Because this is a first book in a series we had to learn a lot about the world, so in the beginning I totally lost my way, and because this story is also told from two perspectives, a 1000 years apart, this made this even harder. I think for the first 100 pages I was just really confused, was took a lot from my enjoyment. I just had a hard time with this book since I was confused for the first 100 pages, than the middle part was just kind of boring ?! And then the ending I enjoyed a lot (even though the plot twist is not really a twist, cause I expected it in like chapter 2?).
So I loved: magic system, main characters, Remy, the world.
I did not so much enjoy: confusion, length of this book, repeatable.
And so I came at a 3 star rating!
I’m not in a hurry to read the next book! Which is good since it will probably not release for another year, and bad because then I will probably confused again?! But we will see what I will do when it releases.
“Here, my lady. I’ll help you back to bed and send for some tea. And a cinnamon cake, perhaps?”
Rielle leaned heavily into Evyline’s broad body. “Perhaps three cakes would do the trick.”
“Three cakes are, generally speaking, much more effective than one, my lady.”
Magic lovers, in need for fierce female characters, LONG book, new series!