BENEATH THE CITADEL, by Destiny Soria, Amulet Books/Abrams – REREAD!!!


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 August, 2018


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

This is a Young Adult novel full of fantastically written diverse characters.  The four main characters are deeply layered and intricate in their own individualism. Basically, it’s these characters that drive the story. But equal kudos should be given to how the author fleshed out the villains, making them complete and complex and highly entertaining.

However, the world building is equally fantastic and full of vivid descriptions and societies.  The author’s voice was mesmerizing at times when discussing these lands.

The plot is steady and transitions smoothly from one twist to the next turn. I would not categorize the plot as being fast-paced, but definitely steady. There’s a mystery element surrounding the villain’s identity that keeps you reading.

The idea of tunnels and caves and darkness is enough to creep you out.

Because the characters are so unique, the world building is so complete and strong and the plot is smooth and effective, this story reads well right to the end.

I was entertained and interested in what the author presented. Well done!

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