A shadow has fallen over the Tressian Republic.
Ruling families — once protectors of justice and democracy — now plot against one another with sharp words and sharper knives. Blinded by ambition, they remain heedless of the threat posed by the invading armies of the Hadari Empire.
Yet as Tressia falls, heroes rise.
Viktor Akadra is the Republic’s champion. A warrior without equal, he hides a secret that would see him burned as a heretic.
Josiri Trelan is Viktor’s sworn enemy. A political prisoner, he dreams of reigniting his mother’s failed rebellion.
And yet Calenne Trelan, Josiri’s sister, seeks only to break free of their tarnished legacy; to escape the expectation and prejudice that haunts the family name.
As war spreads across the Republic, these three must set aside their differences in order to save their home. Yet decades of bad blood are not easily set aside. And victory — if it comes at all — will demand a darker price than any of them could have imagined. – Goodreads
Thanks to NetGalley for a providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
This is a decently plotted, written, and paced novel with an interesting magic system and well done world building that was naturally inserted into the story and sufficiently detailed (rather than generic long information dumps).
However, that is all unfortunately hampered by generic characters and forced dialogue. For me, I cannot take reading characters who are constantly, endlessly quipping and barbing at each other, especially as the defining feature in the introduction of characters and relationships. Its supposed to come off as cool, but almost always makes the writing feel forced, unnatural, and flat. The only time this style of speaking works is in movies or TV shows where the lines are being delivered by actors with palpable charisma.
While the characters hindered my personal enjoyment of the book, I think readers who loved the characters in books such as The Lies of Locke Lamora and Six of Crows will be quite pleased with this fantasy debut.