Genre: Fantasy, Adult
Publication Date: 20th February 2018
In a world where any act of magic could open a portal to hell, the Order insures that no wizard will live to summon devils, and will kill as many innocent people as they must to prevent that greater horror. After witnessing a horrendous slaughter, the village girl Heloise opposes the Order, and risks bringing their wrath down on herself, her family, and her village.
I first heard of this book from one of my favourite BookTubers. It is short(for once) book and sounded very cool so I decided to finally read it for both my 2020 TBR and this year Medieval-A-Thon. It wasn’t the 5 stars I was expecting but I still had a good time reading it.
Things I liked
- The book is short which mean that it’s also fast pace, no time to get bored.
- Heloise is 16 and it’s the first time I read about a teenage that actually acts like I remember teenagers acting when I was one. She is full of emotion that she doesn’t know how to handle and for the most parts they dictate her action. She is trapped between still feeling like a child but also a grown woman and she doesn’t know which one she really is and how she should act. And yes, I’m one of those readers that when I read about a teenager MC that acts more mature than adults I struggle to relate and enjoy the story, sorry…
- Twitch! This little mouse melted my heart. I always love when there is an animal that plays an important role in the story. I do hate that most of the time the author will use those animals to break your heart in tiny pieces…
- I’m straight so I’m not the best judge on the topic but I personally like the representation and the message at everybody should be allowed to love whomever they want regardless of their gender. Sometimes the way some author handle diversity feels forced, but it didn’t felt like that in this one.
- I was surprised but some the turn of events. From the beginning I was convinced that it will be a “bad government lies to the people and we need to bring them down” kind of story but it actually took a path towards the end I wasn’t expecting.
- I know that it’s supposed to be a grimdark fantasy but because the main character is a teenager I’m used to having authors that don’t cross some line, like killing some characters that will break your heart. But it’s not a YA story and the author actually cross some lines I wasn’t expecting and I like that. He didn’t care about my emotions he did what needed to be done!
Things I didn’t like
- For some reason, I struggle with the writing. I found myself googling a lot of words (I’m not a native English speaker so that probably applies only to me), and re-reading sentences to understand what is going on. I eventually swap to listening to the audiobook at the same time that I was reading and that helped a lot. Also, our main character’s name is Heloise with to me it’s a French name so I keep pronouncing it in French and the narrator kept pronouncing it in English with was very annoying but that’s not the story fault.
- So you know how I said I appreciate that the main character acted her age? Well sometimes, unfortunately, she did act way younger than her age. In so many occasion she keeps saying that she would like to hold her fathers hand for comfort. I understand the embrace as a way of comfort but handling hands just made me picture her as a 7 years old little girl.
- And in the same concept. I did like the fact that her emotions where all over the place and many times controlled her action but… Everything bad in the story happens because of that. She keeps making mistakes after mistakes after mistakes and though she keeps saying that she knows that she shouldn’t have acted the way she did but she never learns from her mistake and keep making ht same mistakes! That was frustrating! I like when people do mistakes but boy they need to learn from them otherwise they just deserve what’s coming for them.
Overall it was a very nice story. I didn’t enjoy as much I thought but I’ll still read the rest of the trilogy.
What about you guys? Have you read this book? Did you like it?