BENEATH THE CITADEL, by Destiny Soria, Amulet Books/Abrams

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In the city of Eldra, people are ruled by ancient prophecies. For centuries, the high council has stayed in power by virtue of the prophecies of the elder seers. After the last infallible prophecy came to pass, growing unrest led to murders and an eventual rebellion that raged for more than a decade.

In the present day, Cassa, the orphaned daughter of rebels, is determined to fight back against the high council, which governs Eldra from behind the walls of the citadel. Her only allies are no-nonsense Alys, easygoing Evander, and perpetually underestimated Newt, and Cassa struggles to come to terms with the legacy of rebellion her dead parents have left her — and the fear that she may be inadequate to shoulder the burden. But by the time Cassa and her friends uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, it may be too late to save the city — or themselves.

Out October 9, 2018

MY THOUGHTS:

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

This book surprised me by being a standalone since so many series were being published. It’s a refreshing change.

If you enjoy a bunch of misfits going on quests of survival and being chased by evil determined to stop them, then you’ll like this. I like the “not so perfect” heroes in this book. Their flaws and quirks keep them real and viable. Each has a story and getting to know them and watch their arc development is a treat.   I don’t know if I can say I have a favorite since they seem to shine the best when they’re working as a team.

The humor and fun keeps the pace moving along. There’s magic elements to the story but not to the point where they override the story.  Although the concept isn’t new, the author successfully pulls off one of the better fantasy novels that I’ve read lately.

This story has a bit of everything in it to keep its diversity visible and impacting on the story-line with subtle motivation toward a huge ending. Each character has his/her own secrets that you can’t wait to discover.

It’s a great entertaining read.

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