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.Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova
Series: Hollow Crown #1
Published by Hodder & Stoughton on April 28, 2020
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
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I am Renata Convida.I have lived a hundred stolen lives.Now I live my own.
Renata Convida was only a child when she was kidnapped by the King's Justice and brought to the luxurious palace of Andalucia. As a Robari, the rarest and most feared of the magical Moria, Renata's ability to steal memories from royal enemies enabled the King's Wrath, a siege that resulted in the deaths of thousands of her own people.
Now Renata is one of the Whispers, rebel spies working against the crown and helping the remaining Moria escape the kingdom bent on their destruction. The Whispers may have rescued Renata from the palace years ago, but she cannot escape their mistrust and hatred--or the overpowering memories of the hundreds of souls she turned "hollow" during her time in the palace.
When Dez, the commander of her unit, is taken captive by the notorious Sangrado Prince, Renata will do anything to save the boy whose love makes her place among the Whispers bearable. But a disastrous rescue attempt means Renata must return to the palace under cover and complete Dez's top secret mission. Can Renata convince her former captors that she remains loyal, even as she burns for vengeance against the brutal, enigmatic prince? Her life and the fate of the Moria depend on it.
But returning to the palace stirs childhood memories long locked away. As Renata grows more deeply embedded in the politics of the royal court, she uncovers a secret in her past that could change the entire fate of the kingdom--and end the war that has cost her everything.
Throwing us into the middle of a battle that has been waging for a long time, the very start of Incendiary means that there will be no rest during this high stakes read. This honestly started with a bang and it did not slow down. From the very beginning you have to keep up with the narrative. And I have to be honest, it was incredibly easy to do so.
Luckily, we follow Ren, she is flawed in her beliefs. Not only about herself but also about those around her and her cause. She is our anchor through all the chaos and through her we learn more about her world and what it actually means to weld magic. We learn about the structure of society and the place magic welders hold. And as more and more secrets are revealed you will have the same opinion Ren has.
Filled with adventure, anticipation and shocking moments, Incendiary will sweep you off you feet and will not relent until every last moment is revealed. There are shocks, revelations and unexpected moments that will cause you to stop reading, gasp and make you beg for more.
One thing that did annoy me, was with so many reveals some of the questions I have have gone unanswered. I presume that this will be resolved in the next book. And, I didn’t really think about my unanswered question until after I had finished reading and started writing this review.
Incendiary was not the book that I was expecting it to be. I don’t know what I was after but this incredible book was so much more. And for that reason it makes it impossible to describe. I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book, but I am already eagerly counting down the days.