A new YA fantasy novel featuring a diverse cast of characters and an intense plot!
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I am so very excited to be a part of this blog tour for such a fantastic YA novel! If you’re looking for a story with well-developed characters, an intriguing plot, and amazing worldbuilding, then look no further!
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin (A Song of Wraiths and Ruin, #1)
Published May 2, 2020 by Balzer+Bray
Series: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin
Data from Goodreads
Synopsis: The first in an fantasy duology inspired by West African folklore in which agrieving crown princess and a desperate refugee find themselves on a collisioncourse to murder each other despite their growing attraction.For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home andstart a new life with his sisters in the prosperous desert city of Ziran. But when avengeful spirit abducts Malik’s younger sister, Nadia, as payment into the city,Malik strikes a fatal deal—kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia’sfreedom.But Karina has deadly aspirations of her own. Her mother, the Sultana, has beenassassinated; her court threatensmutiny; and Solstasia looms like a knife over herneck. Grief-stricken, Karina decides to resurrect her mother through ancient magic .. . requiring the beating heart of a king. And she knows just how to obtain one: byoffering her hand in marriage to thevictor of the Solstasia competition.When Malik rigs his way into the contest, they are set on a course to destroy eachother. But as attraction flares between them and ancient evils stir, will they be ableto see their tasks to the death
My Review: A YA Fantasy Story Worth Reading
What a great novel! As soon as I started it, I could not put it down. With lush descriptions and characters with depth, this story really pulls the reader in. And the best part? This is a diverse book, featuring Black main characters that are vulnerable and unique.
The Pros: What worked for me
- The worldbuilding was really well done. I loved reading about the way this kingdom was organized, from both a social and political standpoint.
- The main characters in this book are amazing! They’re not just two people constantly plotting to reach their end goals; they are vulnerable, complex, and are struggling on their journey. Seeing Black main characters that have so much more to them is just great because it makes them more realistic to the reader – it definitely allowed me to connect better!
- The writing style was great. It made the story fast-paced but still provided the reader with necessary background.
- I really liked the story itself. While the actual storyline is similar to many out there, the way the author delivered the tale made it unique and my eyes were glued to the page, wondering what would happen next.
The Cons: What I didn’t like
- The romance between the two main characters was bit insta-love, and I wanted there to be more of an opportunity for their feelings to develop.
- I think the author could have explained the magical elements of the story better. I wanted to know why magic wasn’t common anymore, how it was possible for some people to have magic and others not, and I wanted to know more about Malik and his powers. If this had been in more detail, it would definitely have answered quite a few of my questions.
Overall, I really liked reading this novel. The writing style and plot sucked me in and the characters were very well-developed. I cannot express how glad I am to have been part of this blog tour and I’m looking forward to reading more of this author’s work! I’m giving this novel 4/5 stars!
BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE! If you liked what you read here, be sure to check out the other stops on this tour for more reviews, as well as interviews and additional content about the author and this book! The blog tour schedule is below!