“Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.”
-Synopsis taken from Goodreads
Hey guys! Meaghan here, back with another review! This one took my a while to finish, and was probably a book better to be read almost all at once, but I still really liked it!
“I don’t need to believe in the supernatural, not when there’s worse that roams the night.”
Stars (Out of 10): 9/10
Overall Thoughts: This book lived up to the hype! I really enjoyed it, and while it’s not my favorite book or series (right now) by any means, I’m really really excited to see where it goes in the next book!
The Good: I really liked the plot, and how every chapter had something interesting happen! In addition, I loved the world building as well, and am super curious as to how that will later develop!
The Bad: While I liked the characters, I had trouble getting “attached” to them to be honest. I enjoyed the plot and the twists and everything, but I wasn’t fully “rooting” for the characters in these moments. Of course I wanted them to succeed, but I didn’t necessarily feel that attached to them either.
THE SPOILERS BEGIN HERE