Frozen meets Mad Max in this epic teen fantasy duology bursting with star-crossed romance, immortal heroines, and elemental magic, perfect for fans of Furyborn.
Generations of twin goddesses have long ruled Aeon. But seventeen years ago, one sister’s betrayal defied an ancient prophecy and split their world in two. The planet ceased to spin, and a Great Abyss now divides two realms: one cloaked in perpetual night, the other scorched by an unrelenting sun.
While one sister rules Aranth—a frozen city surrounded by a storm-wracked sea —her twin inhabits the sand-locked Golden City. Each goddess has raised a daughter, and each keeps her own secrets about her sister’s betrayal.
But when shadowy forces begin to call their daughters, Odessa and Haidee, back to the site of the Breaking, the two young goddesses —along with a powerful healer from Aranth, and a mouthy desert scavenger —set out on separate journeys across treacherous wastelands, desperate to heal their broken world. No matter the sacrifice it demands.
When I first saw this book at Barnes and Noble, I was really excited about getting my hands on a copy. I haven’t seen too many books around the ideal of tidally locked planets but I love the concept.
I also love the idea of there being living goddesses in this world and twins as well. I think it’s such a unique concept and I really loved this concept.
Please note that there will be some spoilers in this review. Also I read this book in December 2020, but I’ve only just now gotten to it.
I thought the world building in this book was really well done and unique. The planet felt pretty unique and I loved all the different creatures around it. I could tell a lot of thought had been put into how a planet suddenly stop spinning would affect everything on it.
However, I felt the side effects from the breakage happened a little too fast. Not the weather changes, but the creatures that emerged from the Breaking. I’m not really positive if there were any weird creatures before the Event or not.
Since the planet wasn’t spinning, I thought that the weather side effects were pretty extreme and fit what I’ve read on tidally locked planets.
The story was told from 4 different perspectives which at times was a lot but I thought the characters voices were pretty unique. Except for Haidee and Odessa. I found myself at times mixing up their sections and if it wasn’t them talking to their companions or the descriptions of the landscape, I would forget which one I was reading at times.
As the story progressed it got easier to tell the twins apart, mostly because Odessa was undergoing some intense personality changes due to the Gifts she was receiving.
I think I liked Haidee a little more than Odessa (love her name) only because I felt like Odessa was relying too much on the gifts and while Haidee I felt was more ready to go on the adventure. However I loved that the gifts came with consequences and I thought it was so interesting that Haidee found out about it sooner vs Odessa.
As for the other two at first I wasn’t sure about Arjun but then I did like him a lot more as the story progressed. I like that they wanted to kill each other first and then came around to each other. I think their relationship wasn’t really fast paced and I enjoyed the tension between them. I enjoyed the representation with him missing a hand.
I think Lan was probably my favorite of all of them. I loved that she and Odessa were both LGBTQ, and I thought it was interesting that they had previously started a relationship before we’re introduced to them in the books.
Lan had a really vibrant personality to me and wasn’t blinded by love throughout the book. I felt she had it the worst out of the four honestly but comes out alright.
I thought the plot was pretty good. For Haidee and Adjurn I liked that they went out by themselves and managed to make it there. I thought compared to Odessa and the crew it was interesting to see the two of them vs the many more.
I wonder about the coincidence of them arriving basically at the same time about think maybe at least they could have waited a day or two in between each other.
For Odessa, hers felt the most magical to me. I loved the crew venturing out into the unknown and most of them suffering during the journey to get there. I thought the monsters were a bit creepy, especially when Odessa could raise the dead- but not really afterwards. But it did seem a bit dreamy and fascinating.
I loved the lore and the mythology in this book and although I found a few issues with it, otherwise I thought it was great.
To me, I find it interesting that their mothers thought they killed each other during the Breaking but neither of them despite their magic, realized the truth.
I loved in Haidee’s story, some of the people who died during the breaking came back to life as Wraiths but weren’t totally alive. That was pretty creepy and I enjoyed it.
I’m really interested to see how the next book plays out and what happens. I think the ending was pretty good and well handled with some plot twists thrown in. Overall this book was REALLY GREAT and I can’t wait to read the next one.
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