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501 pages, Hardcover
First published April 15, 2018
“The queen stopped screaming just after midnight.”
“She was supposed to be the Sun Queen, their savior and protector. And yet she had become the Blood Queen. The Kingsbane. The Lady of Death.”
“We live in a world where good kings die and those foolish enough to hope for something better are killed where they stand.”
“Two Queens will rise.
One of blood. One of light.”
“I don’t know how to both love you and be the person who sends you to war.”
"Since our war with the humans began, I have had only one dream. Every night, the fog surrounding it lifts, and I understand more of what I see: a woman, made of gold brighter than the sun. She stands in a river of blood, and light falls from the ends of her hair. Is she friend or foe? This my dreams have not made clear to me. But I know this: she will come. In this war, or the next-she will come."
-Lost writings of the angel Aryava
"Lift your eyes to the eastern skies
Wait for the sun, and with it-rise
We will march down the roads gone black with the dead
We will tear down their walls and paint their crowns red."
-A rowing song composed by suspected Red Crown ally
Ioseph Ferracora during the siege of Arxara Bay
"Dark-hearted Tameryn had never seen anything good come by daylight. With her daggers, she carved shadows from every corner and hollow. She breathed life into their gasping mouths, twined them around her limbs and neck, tied their newborn fingers into the ends of her hair. There the shadows whispered secrets to her, in gratitude, and so she was never alone, and always safe in the shroud of night."
-The Book of the Saints
Rielle Dardenne is one of the legendary queens - either the queen of light or of blood. Either a queen of goodness, or evil.
I fear no darkness
I fear no night
I ask the shadows
To aid my fight
She was night itself reborn on earth, a queen swathed in shadows.Meanwhile, over a thousand years later, Eliana Ferracora knew of Rielle but only as a fairytale.
“People like us don’t fight for our own hope,” he said quietly. “We fight for everyone else’s.”From a young age, she has been taught to suppress her emotions towards killing but once she joins a rebel captain and finds herself in a whole different situation.
“Some say the Queen was frightened
In her last moments
But I like to think that she was angry”
“We all have darkness inside us, Rielle. That is what it means to be human.”
“We are all of us dark creatures, but if we linger in those shadows, we’ll be lost. Instead we must seek the light when we can, and that’s just what you’re doing. I see it happening.”
🌹 the bi rep?
🌷 the bi rep
🌹 THE BI REP
🌷 actually, the bi rep that didn’t feel like rep to me
🌹 the characters
🌷 the plot
🌹 the pacing
🌷 the predictability of certain plot twists
🌹 my… sudden inability to care about anything
🌷 so basically, a lot of things
🌹 THE BEGINNING
🌷 two (2) characters. just two
*Actually, while the prologue was exciting and engaging, it gave away waaaay too much information. Certain plot twists that were revealed around the 75% mark were easily guessed… right after reading the prologue. This is not good writing? When your plot twists aren’t twists and more of a confirmation of a theory you’ve had 300 PAGES AGO, you have a problem??? (But I will give credit to certain plot twists that I didn’t see coming. Unfortunately they happened at the end when I had stopped caring about anything.)
☼ RIELLE ☼
☼ ELIANA ☼
☼ AUDRIC, SIMON, & CORIEN ☼
☼ REMY & NAVI ☼
// buddy read with scrill, sapphic queen, psych nerd, & danielle
I'd rather be dead than live as my father's prisoner.
But if you had died, I couldn't have borne it. If you had died, I don't know what would have happened next. What I would have done to avenge you.
There has never been a human like you, Rielle. And there never will be.
Ah, but the Dread has no heart. Look all you want. You'll find nothing good.
But it does get a little confusing...
We live in a world where good kings die and those foolish enough to hope for something better are killed where they stand.
When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first.
A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable--until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.
As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world--and of each other.
"Dread," he murmured ... "is only a feeling, easily squashed. But wolves, my dear, bare teeth."