Summary: When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.
One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.
As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.
My Thoughts: This book had the makings to be everything I wanted out of a fantasy novel, but unfortunately it fell pretty flat for me. There were plenty of great things about it- the concept is spectacular, the characters were fairly strong, and it had a bunch of cinematic scenes peppered with some beautiful phrases, but something was missing. The world, and its history of war with The Angels, was pretty vast, and while I was super interested in it, I never felt like I got enough information to fully grasp everything that was happening (or had happened before the book started) and that took me out of the story. The weaving time lines were handled really well and kept the pace exciting, but I didn’t understand the concept of the Angels enough. They were such a huge part of the plot, and were so interesting and unique, but they were not developed enough for me to get completely on board. I think if I would have had a better grasp of the systems of power and magic in both timelines, I would have been able to engage in the plot more. There were some pretty nice twists, if a bit predictable, but I wasn’t really invested in any of the characters so they were not as effective as they should have been. Overall, this book was just okay and while the plot was interesting, I don’t know if I care enough to continue on with the series…