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First of all, we are going to take a second to really appreciate the beauty of this cover. Take a good look at it. At first, what do you see? Most likely you see a dragon, but if you take a closer look, specifically at the wings you will see the side profile of two faces. Once you see it, you will never be able to unsee it. I didn’t discover this until about halfway through reading it. And I read this book after having it for over a month and I had already taken the picture for it for this review. Once I noticed it felt like it smacked me right in the forehead. I am absolutely obsessed with this cover. I have never seen a book cover like this before and its uniqueness just makes this book even more amazing than it already is.
Now enough gushing over the cover though I could go on and on, you are here to read a review right? So here we are. This book was so badass. It has entered into the top five of my favorite books I’ve read this year! There was just something about it that felt so magical and so real. We start off with learning about a society that has recently had a revolution and a change in power/government. Instantly I was captivated by this idea. How many books have we all read that in one way or another had to do with a takedown of an evil monarchy and replacing it with something they thought and hoped would be better? Whenever I read books like that, I am always so curious about the aftermath. Wondering if they really did succeed in making their world a better place. Now I have a book that gives me just that.
What’s better than a badass cover, and a book based on a society that I’ve always craved to read about? DRAGONS! I love dragons, basically, I love any type of books where there is a magical begin that has wings and you can ride it. I was completely obsessed with all the dragons, however, I wish we had been able to learn a little more about them. There is a lot of information that has to be assumed which I wasn’t the biggest fan of. While the characters were solid and their backstories told in the most fascinating way, I definitely feel like we were lacking a bit of world-building. Normally I don’t care too much about world-building because I am more focused on the characters, but we are definitely missing some key components that would have made this book a five star.
However, like I said our two main characters are definitely a force to be reckoned with. It was amazing to watch Annie, our main heroine go from being a shy girl who didn’t believe in herself to becoming a badass strong leader who stands up for what she believes in even if that means defying the most important person in their society. It was beautiful to behold and I grew more and more proud of Annie with every page. Then we have Lee. Lee who has been carrying around the biggest secret and not a single person knows. When it finally catches up to him, what he has to do and overcome is something no one ever should. His story was equally as painfully as Annies, but no less beautiful.
Overall, I really loved this book. I never wanted it to end and luckily, this book is book 1 of the trilogy called The Aurelian Cycle. Books 2 and 3 are to follow in the coming years!