- Page Count: 432
- Release Date: January 5, 2016
- My Rating: 5 stars
Sixteen-year-old Elli was only a child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic in service of her people. The only life Elli has known has been in the temple, surrounded by luxury, tutored by magic-wielding priests, preparing for the day when the queen perishes—and the ice and fire find a new home in Elli, who is prophesied to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.
But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.
Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between her love for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must choose the right side before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.
I WAS NOT EXPECTING TO LOVE THIS UNEXPECTED LITTLE GEM SO MUCH woah.
It kind of reminded me of an awesome mix of The Heart of Betrayal meets Ruin & Rising with the way people do magic (and the whole community in a cave thing), but there were so many twists and a steady buildup of new information that nothing ever got slow or old. I liked how the religion was a bit darker & creepier… the whole tone of the story was really cool and the worldbuilding was great! And “Chosen One” thing is not what you think so keep reading — there’s a huge plot twist and it turned out to be way different than I thought!
I’m not sure what to say that wouldn’t spoil anything… the main character Elli is chosen as the successor in a religion I don’t feel like trying to summarize but basically there’s a giant plot twist and she has to flee the temple and go live in a cave with these outcasts who are awesome. Ha ok that didn’t really explain much. Basically if you like a lot of the popular YA fantasy stories, you’ll probably have fun with this one too.
Plus it was such a nice change to see a bisexual main character in a normal plot that doesn’t turn her sexuality into her identity or storyline. It’s like just another character trait, no big deal. I’m not sure why more people aren’t talking about this book??!
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