In case you missed the cover reveal yesterday (which you can see HERE) – I want to take a quick moment to talk about one of my favorite authors – and favorite books.
Kalyn is a dear friend and critique partner of mine, and I’m so excited for her book to be released. She’s such a gem – and genuinely one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. But even despite our friendship, I seriously loved this book so much. This review is from the heart. In fact, my ARC is loaded with highlights, and I’m pretty sure I sent a billion screaming messages to Kalyn while reading it. I can’t wait to see what you all think! Trust me, you don’t want to miss this one!
But before I post the summary… my brother and I had the unique opportunity to help make a little teaser for the cover reveal.
Check it out below!
In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows tend to every aspect of life: from the Firecrows that help forge armor to the Battlecrows that keep the kingdom safe. Seventeen-year-old Princess Anthia Cerralté dreamed of leading Rhodaire as a Crow Rider—then the Illucian Empire attacked, destroying the Rider’s massive Crows and killing Anthia’s mother.
That night, known as Regnoch, has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression that she struggles to escape. Her sister, Caliza, is busy running the kingdom as its new queen, doing her best to restore prosperity and peace, but all Anthia can think of is her dead mother and trainer, who was supposed to teach her how to be a Rider.
When Illucia prepares for a final assault on Anthia’s now vulnerable kingdom, Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Anthia and the crown prince of Illucia, finally spurring Anthia into action. After stumbling across a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to reach out to the other conquered kingdoms and ignite a rebellion.
Anthia takes the Crow egg with her deep into Illucian territory and tries to hatch it in secret, but navigating the cold, vicious Illucian court will take all of her strength and wit. To stop her engagement and protect the people she loves, Anthia must let go of her past and work through her depression to hatch the egg before her kingdom falls and she loses everything to Illucia again.
MY REVEW (5 stars!)
He was everywhere; I couldn’t escape him. Surely, it would only be worse in Illucia. He was in my head, in my thoughts and my emotions. He’d burrowed underneath my skin with his vicious smiles and barbed, caustic words, and everywhere I went, there he was”
Still, I clung to the rising hope, feeling as if I balanced on a glass precipice, waiting for it to shatter and send me careening into the nothingness like so many times before.
I knew what I needed to do, but working up the will to do it felt like trying to fight my way above water in a depthless ocean.
It was so hard not to drown.