Goodreads Synopsis –
Set in a African-inspired fantasy world where two sisters must fight to the death to win the crown. Sixteen year old Eva is a princess, born with the magick of marrow and blood— a dark and terrible magick that hasn’t been seen for generations in the vibrant but fractured county of Myre. It’s last known practitioner was Queen Raina, who toppled the native khimaer royalty and massacred thousands, including her own sister, eight generations ago, this beginning the Rival Heir tradition. Living in Raina’s long and dark shadow, Eva must face her older sister, Isa, in a battle to the death is she hopes to ascend to the Ivory Throne— because in the Queendom only the strongest, most ruthless rulers survive. When Eva is attacked by an assassin just weeks before the battle with her sister, she discovers there is more to the attempt on her life than meets the eye— and it isn’t just her sister who wants to see her dead. As tensions escalate, Eva is forced to turned to a fey instructor of mythic proportions and a mysterious and handsome khimaer prince for help in growing her magick into something to fear. Because despite the love she still has for her sister, Eva will have to choose: Isa’s death or her own.
Animal death, death and racism
Thoughts and Opinions
Contains Spoilers. Thoughts are a bit scrambled.
The world that Amanda created was so wonderful. I throughly enjoying every second of this book. It was such a rich world that she created. The magick system was explained so it was easy for me to get it. I’ve very much a cover read kind of person and when I saw this cover I know I had to read it. Poc on covers? yes please! I loved the back stories of the characters so much. The story includes the following creatures.. the Fey who have pointed ears, the Bloodkin who have red tinged skin also drink the blood of the living, and the Khimaer who have horns, and animal attributes like wings or tails. There is no doubt in my mind that Evalina is a warrior and will the next Queen! The way that Eva went to Aketo’s rescue was so beautiful and the way she accepted his gift during her nameday celebration was the cutest. I want them to end up together so bad. Eva has this mentor who is teaching her the way her magick works named Bacca and boy was he was sassy. Eva called him an insufferable immortal bastard and I laughed so hard at that. I love their relationship, it’s the best. Eva and Bacca have a bond called coalescence which is a fey technique used to increase ones power that bonds people for life.