Read On: 17th January 2016
I saw this book in a Goodreads email. I was intrigued because it was similar to a story idea that I had. Similar but different.
It’s a good book that I really enjoyed reading. It’s filled with magic, prophecies, friendship, betrayal and much more.
It’s about discovery of who you are and when you think you are one way to find out that you aren’t.
Here is the Goodreads Blurb:
Sixteen-year-old Elli was a small child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic. Since then, Elli has lived in the temple, surrounded by luxury and tutored by magical priests, as she prepares for the day when the Valtia perishes and the magic finds a new home in her. Elli is destined 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, the 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 the love she has 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 align with the right side—before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.
I really felt for Elli. She spent her whole life in a gelded cage being brought up to replace the queen. Told that she will be the most powerful queen that ever rules. Only it didn’t happen and those who brought her up turn on her.
Elli is a strong character. She’s likeable, but flawed. Self-sacrificing. She changes from someone being pampered to a kick ass heroine. Which I loved.
I love fantasy novels and this book was no exception. I will be reading this authors books again and again. I can’t wait for her next book.
This is a great book. I love the cover. The characterization. The strength and depth. It’s just an amazing book.