Incendiary – Zoraida Cordova

Welcome to my review for my Fairy Loot Book. This month’s book was Incendiary. Now Historical Fantasy are not normally my thing. My first thought, to make sure I read this, was to ask my friend Kate if she would read it with me. So this is my second Buddy read that been completed this year.

I looked into this a bit before and though that this was a fairly hyped book right now. Historical Fantasy has taken the forefront of the YA themes. Historical fiction is something that I am not overly familiar with but, as this has a fantasy aspect I thought I would give it a try.

This is my second Historical Fantasy and its safe to say it started out fine. I thought that if it continued down this line it would be an okay book, about 3 stars, and that all the hype was for no reason.

If you haven’t heard of Incendiary before here is the synopsis.

“I am Renata Convida.
I have lived a hundred stolen lives.
Now I live my own.”

Renata Convida was only a child when she was kidnapped by the King’s Justice and brought to the luxurious palace of Andalucia. As a Robari, the rarest and most feared of the magical Moria, Renata’s ability to steal memories from royal enemies enabled the King’s Wrath, a siege that resulted in the deaths of thousands of her own people.

Now Renata is one of the Whispers, rebel spies working against the crown and helping the remaining Moria escape the kingdom bent on their destruction. The Whispers may have rescued Renata from the palace years ago, but she cannot escape their mistrust and hatred–or the overpowering memories of the hundreds of souls she turned “hollow” during her time in the palace.

When Dez, the commander of her unit, is taken captive by the notorious Sangrado Prince, Renata will do anything to save the boy whose love makes her place among the Whispers bearable. But a disastrous rescue attempt means Renata must return to the palace under cover and complete Dez’s top secret mission. Can Renata convince her former captors that she remains loyal, even as she burns for vengeance against the brutal, enigmatic prince? Her life and the fate of the Moria depend on it.

But returning to the palace stirs childhood memories long locked away. As Renata grows more deeply embedded in the politics of the royal court, she uncovers a secret in her past that could change the entire fate of the kingdom–and end the war that has cost her everything.

One thing I will say. To me there would be one major trigger, and that would be an aspect similar to Stockholm syndrome. I wasn’t sure what to think about this when I realised that this was coming up, but it was executed rather well as well as giving our main character back her freedom.

I wasn’t honestly sure where Zoraida, the author, would take the character development of Renata. A child who has live almost her whole life seeking revenge for what was done to her, and what she had to do to people.

I felt that the plot of the story being based on nothing but revenge, was a loose thread but in the end it paid off. Kind of. If you have read the book you will know what I mean by Renata starting a new train of revenge with people she had trusted. The fact that our main character had manage to trust again for that to be broken so horribly, honestly, was brilliant. And of course extremely harsh.

I do love the way that the character development has progressed. You see from the beginning this intense hate to everyone around her bar a few, and towards the end you see someone who wants to try to have friends and a family. Then that is all destroyed. You see Renata’s progress to hating herself, and then realising that, though she may hate herself she has things she needs to do, and it works.

There are a few things that I feel could have needed tweaking a bit, such as distances or time scales. When your travelling there would be a time frame of how long that has taken. Only a couple of times did I see some travel has cost them half a day or, one day instead of two day. There wasn’t a map at the front like most fantasy novels, so this made it hard to understand where everyone was coming from in regards to our current destination.

There was one part where I felt we were at the end, and if I had been listening to the Audio version I would probably have got ready to pick a new book. As this was the printed copy, I could see there were a lot of pages left and I was a little confused. But with regards to things I didn’t really like, that’s it.

There are a few moments that did really brighten this for me a lot, and I feel that it needed them. The fight scene between Castian and Renata was brilliant. Just the right amount of shocked humor as well as ruthlessness. One of my favourite parts.

Another is when Castian becomes the damsel in distress. I love this. It shows that regardless of if your male or female, you are going to need help getting out of a very tight spot once in a while.

All in all. This was a brilliant book of re-self-discovery, and learning to trust people even when they screw you over. I loved this book. It was not over hyped, if anything it got they hype that it deserves. So I have given this book 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend this to everyone, if your a history buff, a fantasy buff or just want a really good read. This is your next book.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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