Series: Nemesis #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic
Maturity Level: YA - some violence
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I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king’s servitude.
Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But Mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.
Sepora's gift may be able to save Tarik’s kingdom. But should she risk exposing herself and her growing feelings for her nemesis?
This was a book where I ended up loving it more than I thought I would. I don’t know why I thought I wouldn’t like it, probably because I read some negative reviews, but I was honestly enjoying myself through the whole book. I loved how it played on Egyptian culture but there was a lot of fantasy elements mixed it. I found the whole word to be pretty unique actually. They used the pyramids and the pharaoh wore a big headpiece just like in Egyptian mythology. Then there was these giant serpent beasts that people could ride or use them to spy. It just felt different from anything I’ve read about before.
I did enjoy the characters, specifically our main character. She could be a little annoying at some parts but I’m starting to feel that way about all teenage characters right now. I understand she was just trying to survive though which helps if you remember to think of that while reading. Plus she really was put in a difficult position and while I didn’t agree with what she did all the time I can understand why she felt the need to do it.
My only complaint for this book was that parts of the plot could be a little predictable. All the world building left my expectations a little high for the plot but it was still a lot of fun to read. The characters were also typical for YA which I didn’t really mind but it didn’t blow my min either.
I’d recommend this to anyone who loves to read fantasy books with fun world building. The characters and plot were a little typical for YA books but if you can easily overlook that or don’t actually mind those tropes (like me) then you’ll have a great time reading this book too.
A story with fantastic world building that made everything come to life. A must read for those who like worlds that are based on historical places.