Confession time…this is more like a halfway review because even though I have tried my hardest I’ve been so busy I have scarcely had the chance to pick this book back up and finish it, even though I desperately want to.
After the War of Kinds ravaged the kingdom of Rabu, the Automae, designed to be the playthings of royals, usurped their owners’ estates and bent the human race to their will.
Now Ayla, a human servant rising in the ranks at the House of the Sovereign, dreams of avenging her family’s death…by killing the sovereign’s daughter, Lady Crier.
Crier was Made to be beautiful, flawless, and to carry on her father’s legacy. But that was before her betrothal to the enigmatic Scyre Kinok, before she discovered her father isn’t the benevolent king she once admired, and most importantly, before she met Ayla.
Now, with growing human unrest across the land, pressures from a foreign queen, and an evil new leader on the rise, Crier and Ayla find there may be only one path to love: war.
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I was definitely intrigued as soon as I set my eyes on the timeline at the start, the history of how the Automae came to be and I can say that so far that intrigue has just grown and grown.
I think one of the things I’m loving the most about the story so far is the total sense of unrest as a backdrop to the story, I can really feel the tension of it in every scene. Even when you are delving more into the characters and their histories it is always there in a subtle way and it creates the perfect atmosphere.
Of course the second thing is the budding romance between Crier and Ayla, I mean even that first moment when they met felt electric and I could just tell that this was something worth waiting for, it takes its time in the best way and I am looking forward to getting back into the book not just to see how the story turns out but because I really want to see more of these two together.
I’m enjoying the narrative switching between characters it’s good to get perspective from both Crier and Ayla but I also quite like the little bits in between the narrative, that kind of give historical accounts too.
I wish I could share more but I feel I would be doing a disservice to the book until I have finished it but what I will say so far is that I can’t wait to dive back into it so that can only be a good sign.
Nina Varela is a nationally awarded writer of screenplays and short fiction. She was born in New Orleans and raised on a hippie commune in Durham, North Carolina, where she spent most of her childhood playing in the Eno River, building faerie houses from moss and bark, and running barefoot through the woods. These days, Nina lives in Los Angeles with her writing partner and their tiny, ill-behaved dog. She tends to write stories about hard-won love and young people toppling the monarchy/patriarchy/whatever-archy. On a related note, she’s queer. On a less related note, she has strong feelings about hushpuppies and loves a good jambalaya. CRIER’S WAR is her first novel.
You can find Nina at any given coffee shop in the greater Los Angeles area, or at www.ninavarela.com.