Author: Zoraida Cordova
Publication Date: April 28th 2020
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
I am Renata Convida.
I have lived a hundred stolen lives.
Now I live my own.
Renata Convida was only a child when she was kidnapped by the King’s Justice and brought to the luxurious palace of Andalucia. As a Robari, the rarest and most feared of the magical Moria, Renata’s ability to steal memories from royal enemies enabled the King’s Wrath, a siege that resulted in the deaths of thousands of her own people.
Now Renata is one of the Whispers, rebel spies working against the crown and helping the remaining Moria escape the kingdom bent on their destruction. The Whispers may have rescued Renata from the palace years ago, but she cannot escape their mistrust and hatred–or the overpowering memories of the hundreds of souls she turned “hollow” during her time in the palace.
When Dez, the commander of her unit, is taken captive by the notorious Sangrado Prince, Renata will do anything to save the boy whose love makes her place among the Whispers bearable. But a disastrous rescue attempt means Renata must return to the palace under cover and complete Dez’s top secret mission. Can Renata convince her former captors that she remains loyal, even as she burns for vengeance against the brutal, enigmatic prince? Her life and the fate of the Moria depend on it.
But returning to the palace stirs childhood memories long locked away. As Renata grows more deeply embedded in the politics of the royal court, she uncovers a secret in her past that could change the entire fate of the kingdom–and end the war that has cost her everything.
The first thing I want to say is that a lot of readers pitch this as an enemies – to – lovers story. Which is a possibility, but I am not rooting for that relationship to happen not because I really liked the established relationship from the beginning go the book.
The magic system in this book was very interesting and sufficiently explained, but I did have a few questions that hopefully get explained in the next book. One thing I noticed and loved was that while there were moments were the characters had a surge of power in convenient moments, they weren’t plot convinces. As this didn’t happen frequently and the author did explain how it happened and it did make sense.
The world-building was also sufficiently explained, with bits of history woven throughout the story instead of dedicating chapters solely to history and world-building. I loved the aspects of political intrigue, which also tied in with the plot twists. I really liked the plot twists, some I could see coming as the story went on but some I couldn’t. The ones I couldn’t see coming still made sense and definitely weren’t there for the shock value.
The characters were also well-written and 3 dimensional, with each character having their own personality traits and way of doing things. Speaking of characters, I loved that we really couldn’t trust anyone, even the people we had to trust, we couldn’t trust them for the entire story. One thing I didn’t understand though, was why the characters in Ren’s “crew” didn’t trust her and treated her like trash after all those years even though she hadn’t done bad to them and their cause since she was carried to the hideout.
The cliff hanger really has me on the edge of my seat waiting for the second book.
That’s All I Got, Romy.