Published May 22nd 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire
Follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.
When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.
A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.
As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review from Edelweiss.
Okay so this me a stupid amount of time to realize that this book jumps from past to present. When I finally figured it out, it made more sense. But somehow it was still strange, to me. I found myself skimming through scenes because of how daunting the book was. Even though I did that, I still got the gist of it. Feel bad, I did not. There was also too much (GASP) world building and with the magic and war and everything, it seemed just too much for me to keep track of. The thing is, I wanted to REALLY love it, but when I broke it down, it just seemed like another cliche fantasy. I mean, the two timelines were literally a thousand years apart.
Rielle and Eliana were both pretty awesome characters, don’t get me wrong. I did prefer Eliana’s plot over Rielle’s (which I did skim over a lot). It was such a long book, I couldn’t wait to get through it. It was like I was in a trial of my own. I feel like I continue to have high hopes for these books and find myself disappointed in the end.
On a personal note, I need to find some stories without magic. I am getting so sick of it.