Author: Nina Varela
Series: Crier’s War, #1
Publication Date: October 1st, 2019
Synopsis: 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.
You know when you come across a book every now and again that is not at all what you were expecting, and in a good way?
That’s how I felt with Crier’s War. I really wanted to read it because I thought the synopsis sounded really good, but I wasn’t sure it was going to be my cup of tea, so at first I was a bit hesitant.
After I started reading, I was instantly swept up in the story, though. I fell in love with it and I couldn’t stop reading. There’s a lot on offer here in Crier’s War. It’s not your typical YA fantasy and I’m so happy about that.
While I love fantasy, for some reason I feel kind of burned out on them sometimes. I read so many fantasy novels that I’m always worried I’m going to get kind of bored with them, and in the past that’s happened. However, with Crier’s War, I wasn’t bored for a single page of this book. There’s just so much happening and so many interesting facts being presented about the setting, characters, and the plot of the book. It’s amazing how well the author was able to capture her thoughts and pen them; it’s some of the best writing I’ve come across in a while!
The world building in Crier’s War is amazing. If you’re someone who really likes detailed world building and to feel like you’re actually there, in the book, then you will probably like this. I felt so connected to the surroundings and the author paints a beautiful picture of what the world is like.
The characters in the book are also well written and I found myself drawn to them. I couldn’t wait to see what they did next, what choices they made, and how those choices affected them. I found that I really, genuinely cared about the characters in this book.
If you haven’t read a fantasy lately, or you’re looking for something simply amazing, definitely pick this up. I didn’t know I would enjoy it as much as I did, but boy did I love reading this one!
Note: I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
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.
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