Indie-Mas is my annual recap of all the great independently-published books I read in the previous year. I like to take this time to share the love–both by helping promote great indie books and giving them away! So without further ado…
On the eighth day of Indie-Mas, my author gave to me:
A feisty woman who can raise the dead
My favorite kind of love triangle
A New Orleans-based Fantasy with a Snarky Fairy
An Elemental Epic Fantasy
A Steampunk Dystopian
A Male-POV of my favorite trilogy
A Twin With Problems
An Epic Persian Fantasy That Left Me Speechless
First, let’s talk about those covers. HOLY CRAP those covers.
This book was a charming surprise. It’s one of those books that you’re like “…why is this permafree?” You’d pay good money for this. It’s indistinguishable from Maas, Bardugo, etc. It’s intricate, it’s beautiful, it’s complex. It’s wow.
The story features some of the traditional YA tropes–girl plucked from a small village (in this case, a mountainous nomadic village), although in this case, she volunteers to join the king’s army. In that capacity, she’s joined with a daeva, a magical being who are enslaved by the humans. And then, as per usual, the wool is lifted and she sees the world for what it is.
The pacing was a bit iffy at the beginning, but at the end, I was begging for the next book (Spoiler: haven’t read it, waiting for book 3 to come out so I can eat them together). I really highly recommend this one for anyone looking for an epic fantasy.