I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Illusionary by Zoraida Córdova
Series: Hollow Crown #2
Published by Hodder & Stoughton on May 11, 2021
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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For years, she was wielded as a weapon. Now it's her time to fight back.
Reeling from betrayal at the hands of the Whispers, Renata Convida is a girl on the run. With few options and fewer allies, she's reluctantly joined forces with none other than Prince Castian, her most infuriating and intriguing enemy. They're united by a lofty goal: find the fabled Knife of Memory, kill the ruthless King Fernando, and bring peace to the nation. Together, Ren and Castian have a chance to save everything, if only they can set aside their complex and intense feelings for each other.
With the king's forces on their heels at every turn, their quest across Puerto Leones and beyond leaves little room for mistakes. But the greatest danger is within Ren-the Gray, her fortress of stolen memories, has begun to crumble, threatening her grip on reality. She'll have to control her magics-and her mind-to unlock her power and protect the Moria people once and for all.
The most wanted rebel returns in Zoraida Córdova's gripping conclusion to the Hollow Crown duology.
I was really looking forward to reading Illusionary. Ever since I had finished Incendiary over a year ago. A book that had sucked me in and ended too fast. I needed all the secrets to be spilt and they finally were in this book. There were a lot of twists and turns that I was not expecting. But when they were revealed they should have been so obvious.
For me Illusionary is when Renata finally finds out who she really is and what is capable of. Her journey of discovery is over and now she is on a mission. A mission not only to find herself but also to help those around her and save the kingdom that she loves.
We pick up right when Incendiary left off. On the run with a prince who should be the enemy and difficult decisions to make. I loved also how we got to explore more about the structure of magic in the kingdom. There was also a lot of history to go through. Which explained so much.
I loved the epic conclusion as Renata and Castian put the kingdom to right. Plus the battle is pretty epic.
Also the ending of Illusionary was pretty perfect. Yes it was pretty soppy, but it ticked all the boxes and everyone got what they wanted. What more could you want?