This review and many others, both german and english, can also be found on my blog.
Diese und viele weitere Rezensionen, auf deutsch und englisch, findet ihr auch auf meinem Blog.
I got an ARC of this book from a FairyLoot Box and was approved for it on NetGalley as well only shortly after. With both a physical as well as a kindle copy and a captivating synopsis I knew I had to read it as soon as possible.
The synopsis really caught my attention because it sounded so interesting and I was not disappointed. The only thing that annoyed me was the switching POVs. Don’t get me wrong I loved to read both about Rielle and Eliana, but it’s always so disappointing when you’re fully immersed in a story and have to switch to another one.
As for our heroines, I liked them both, although I think I prefer Eliana. They’re both strong, powerful women who know how to take care of themselves and fight for what they think is right. They both also have a darker side to them, which they both have to deal with, although we already know that Rielle will lose the fight. Or at least that’s the way it seems.
The rest of the of the characters were more superficially written, which I get because this is about the two queens, but I still would have liked to get to know them a little better.
The Plot is both exhilarating and exciting. I love the fact that we saw both the beginning of the story, as well as what happens centuries later and I can’t wait for it to continue. It was a great to see the contrast between Rielles life at court and Elianas life as a famous Assassin.
The trials Rielle had to face were just as nerve-wrecking as Elianas journey through the country.
There isn’t honestly all that much world-building, but as the story is very plot-centered it isn’t really a problem. The writing style is quite nice as well, it’s very easy to read and follow, yet still very interesting.