Book Reviews, YA book reviews

Incendiary (Hollow Crown #1) by Zoraida Cordova – ARC Review

 

My Rating ~ Five Stars

RELEASE DATE:  28 April 2020

Format: E-ARC

Pages: 464

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Source:  NetGalley

 

Blurb

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.

 

 

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Review

Thank you so much to Hodder & Stoughton for providing me with a copy of Incendiary, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review!

 

Ren is a Robari, a Moira with the power to steal other peoples’ memories.  Held by the King since she was a child, as a weapon for her powers, she now lives with the other Moira who helped her escape.  But the Robari are the most feared of all the Moira, for their ability to hollow people out of all of their memories, leaving them a shell of themselves, so no-one quite trusts her, including the other Moira.  When her commander and best friend are taken captive by the king, Ren is determined to save him, but she ends up with a mission far more dangerous than she could have imagined.

Incendiary was full of magic and heart stopping action.  I was absolutely captivated from the first page and barely paused for breath while reading.  The Moira magic system is both interesting and fairly easy to understand.  I was so intrigued learning about each different type of Moira and hope they are even further explored in the next book.  I loved Ren as a main character.  The author did such a wonderful job of portraying her different emotions, both in her current life and her own lost memories, that she slowly re-discovers throughout the story.  I really love books that revolve around spies and betrayal at the moment and Incendiary definitely fit the bill!

I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but I’d definitely recommend checking this one out if you love fantasy with intriguing magic systems, hard won friendships, and some fantastic twists and turns!

 

 

 

 

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