This book has been all over my social media and I just .. had to.
The review might contain possible spoilers.
Poppy has always lived a very sheltered life because of her destiny. She had been Chosen as birth to be the Maiden – a role that would usher a new era but also a role which isolated her deeply from all life experiences and joy. This role didn’t take away from her her fighting spirit and did not stop her from fulfilling her vow to never be helpless again as she disobeys the rules set out for her and fights the evil that stole her family.
Poppy’s choices are not easy. She is aware that the kingdom’s future rests on her shoulders but she also realizes that she too is a person who has desires, a heart, a soul.
With the heavy burden of a kingdom’s future resting on her shoulders, Poppy still is unsure of whether or not being the Maiden is truly for her. Her inner turmoil is deepened when Hawke enters her life and makes her question everything she knew.
War is brewing with the fallen kingdom that is once again on the rise, determined to take back what was once theirs. Poppy is in the middle of all that chaos and pain, especially when her world begins to unravel.
Trigger warnings: There are graphic scenes including violence, blood and there are sexually explicit scenes.
What I liked about this book: This book was on my TBR for ages and I picked it up in June but took my time reading it as I was majorly slumping at the time. The world-building confused me a lot and it took a while to get the hang of everything and to keep track of who is who and what is what, but the more you read, the easier it gets. I do think this is a wonderfully built world and it gave me ACOTAR vibes without being quite-like ACOTAR. There are different creatures roaming this world – vamprys, Atlantians, Gods, Deities, wolven and mortals; that’s what I struggled with most in the beginning.
This is a very action-packed book, in my opinion. There are a lot of betrayals, I wouldn’t go as far as saying that it is enemies to lovers but there is the fake marriage trope.
As a first book in a series it set the tone for the world but it also left lots of space for the characters to grow and for the plotlines to develop and this is just how it should be, in my opinion.
Even though, at times it felt like I might have a heart attack from some of the plot twists, I did love every second of them!
What I didn’t like about the book: I feel like the way Hawke was introduced was a little bit too shady and the initial moments including him made me distrust him a lot. I do like who Hawke grew into but my first encounters with his character were not it. Also there is a sexual moment between two of the characters that just didn’t sit quite right with me.
A quote: “I came back for you that night. Just like I told you I would. I came back for you, and you weren’t there. You promised me, princess.”
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars
What are some popular books that you would recommend? Drop them in the comments, I am always on the lookout for new recommendations!