In the midst of a burgeoning war, a warrior, an assassin, and a princess chase their own ambitions no matter the cost in Devin Madson’s visceral, emotionally charged debut.
War built the Kisian Empire. War will tear it down.
Seventeen years after rebels stormed the streets, factions divide Kisia. Only the firm hand of the god-emperor holds the empire together. But when a shocking betrayal destroys a tense alliance with neighboring Chiltae, all that has been won comes crashing down.
In Kisia, Princess Miko Ts’ai is a prisoner in her own castle. She dreams of claiming her empire, but the path to power could rip it, and her family, asunder.
In Chiltae, assassin Cassandra Marius is plagued by the voices of the dead. Desperate, she accepts a contract that promises to reward her with a cure if she helps an empire fall.
And on the border between nations, Captain Rah e’Torin and his warriors are exiles forced to fight in a foreign war or die.
As an empire dies, three warriors will rise. They will have to ride the storm or drown in its blood.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I am excited to be on the blog tour for this! Honestly from the blurb it sounded so up my street. Political intrigue and assassins are always a winner with me.
I did end up struggling to connect with it, a little, but this is definitely more due to my current mental health and struggling with reading overall! It’s a shame as I was enjoying it when I did pick it up! Silly brains.
I found the concept of this fantastic – and the starting line is a killer:
They tried to kill me four times before I could walk.
This is just so good at setting the scene for Miko’s sections! I found her by far the most engaging and I loved her sections. Her hope and heartbreak really spoke to me through the book, and I also liked that she sometimes felt wrong footed in her actions when realising that there was more going on than she knew.
I also found Rah pretty engaging, though his origin story wasn’t expanded on enough for it to be a quick connection. But the story of his capture, and having to fight for a cause he doesn’t believe in, was very compelling.
Cassandra was my least favourite of the three. Certainly for over half the book I didn’t really understand her motivations and while I ended up liking her interactions I never fully understood why she was doing what she was, and we don’t know enough about what is going on with her. The voice in her head really didn’t help either! We do get clarity as it goes on, but it just made her sections much harder to read for me.
Overall, the politics were fantastic, and I especially liked some of the cultures we see – Rah’s horse masters for example. Definitely worth a read! 3.5 stars.
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