N to control it in order to win the battleFirst of all I absolutely adore the concept of rival sisters because it allows for so many different themes to be tackled And I loved reading how Eva and Isa used to be close but drifted apart as they were forced to be
pitted against ach other While I feel like their relationship could have been xplored further it was overall against ach other While I feel like their relationship could have been xplored further it was overall xecuted and that aspect lived up to my xpectationsEva never really believed she could be ueen and basically set herself up for death but she doesn t want
To Die So She Finds die So she finds who teaches her how to control her blood magick and hone it in preparation to fight her sister I loved how
SHE BATTLED WITH HERSELF ABOUT THE battled with herself about the of killing vs the need to keep herself alive and in general she was a character worth reading and loving Even if I had to become the wicked girl of my nightmares a maelstrom of marrow and blood I would do whatever it took to stay alive Other side characters also added to the book Falun long time friend of Eva Baccha her blood magick teacher and the mysterious Lord of the Hunt Aketo the beautiful prince of an oppressed race and Anali the captain of Eva s guard However I definitely think that this is of an action packed plot focused story than a character driven oneOne of my favorite parts in the book was the inclusion of the stories recounting the history of how this world of magick came to be They were written so beautifully and were sprinkled in just the right places Plus the way they were told along with the memories to Eva s past helped feel like the story was building up to somethingPerhaps the most captivating thing was all the magick that this world included Honestly the ntire fantasy world was fascinating too and I say that as someone who s not usually one for worldbuilding or setting Another shining highlight of this novel was its interwoven themes of power and identity and most of all rasure The discussion of how the history of one race was rased draws parallels to colonization and supremacy and it was so so well written I ll remind you The Deepest Sin every chance I getven if you don t want to hear it you deserve to live you deserve to fight and you deserve to survive The throne all its glory and bitterness is your birthright Unfortunately the beginning started off a bit roughly for me Objectively I could tell that things were happening to move the plot forward but it just felt like the author was trying to set too much up in the beginning of the story For me there were too many looks into character backstories and worldbuilding in the beginning once things continued those became a lot njoyable for meI think the biggest thing that prevented me from njoying this though was the lack of proper devel. Wn sister ight generations ago thus beginning the Rival Heir tradition Living in Raina's long and dark shadow Eva must now face her older sister Isa in a battle to the death if she hopes to ascend to the Ivory Throne because in the ueendom of Myre only the strongest most ruthless rulers surviveWhen Eva is attacked by an assassin just weeks before the battle with her sister she discovers there is to the attempt on her life than meets the ye and it isn't just her sister who Ohhh I m so xcited to finish this gorgeous book But for now a photoPsst come find me on Instagram at reverieandink Okay so I liked it but I needed it to be about twice as longFor once I don t mean this in the simple I wanted sort of way though I diddo I mean that this book would have been much stronger had it been given room to grow and had the plot not been cut where it was for cliffhanger purposes See here s the thing this is a book fraught with motionally complicated situations and revelations and yet the action moves so uickly that those motions never really get xplored Take the most basic concept outlined in the blurb two sisters who will have to fight ach other to the death We get a bit of insight into their relationship and how it has changed over the years but while Evalina felt well developed and her memories of Isadora as children hinted at Isa s depth
In The Present Day Her Sister Came Off Flat With the present day her sister came off flat with motivations and little sense of agency and that in turn made the conflict between them less interesting and ngagingOverall I felt like the motional aspect of this story nded up being told not shown as the plot barreled on at full speed ahead and that s a real shame because it distracted from an otherwise Le valeureux guerrier excellent read Give me at least another hundred pages for Joy toxpand on character development and relationships between rapid fire plot Snowflakes on the Sea events and I would have absolutely adored it Here s hoping the seuel gets room to growps still utterly in love w the coverven if Eva s tattoos are the wrong color I loved it I loved the magic system the tattoos and the side characters just wished there were scenes focused on the sibling rivalry I m still so conflicted about this book I loved the world and the rich culture that just flew off the pages I loved the the idea of sist This book had so many compelling Wrathful Chaos: Five Books of Satanic Philosophy elements Mysteries hidden childhood secrets sisters at war withach other by force of tradition and magical powers that can be anything from sensing motions or compelling people or renting blood and marrow There are faeries and types of chimera and vampires There are cold ueens and displaced soft princess with horns Eva is so very gentle and soft and it was actually really nice to have a princess xposed to horror and death who never got
used to it and never turned off I appreciate that This is a book of violence and to it and never turned off I appreciate that This is a book of violence and but also about self acceptance and refusal to lie down uietly and give up you can find this review and others on my blogA River of Royal Blood follows a princess named Eva who must fight her sister Isa to the death in order to rule the ueendom of Myre She s the first person in a century who has had the magick of blood and marrow and she must lear. An nthralling debut perfect for fans of Children of Blood and Bone set in a North 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 country of Myre Its last known practitioner was ueen Raina who toppled the native khimaer royalty and massacred thousands including her .
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Opment of the characters relationships Things were told to the reader but not verything was actually shown so the connections between characters seemed off and almost manufactured That being said it improved a lot over the course of the story as they got to know one another Once I moved past the first 100 pages I didn t want to put it downAll that aside I still Humanism: The Greek Ideal and its Survival enjoyed reading the book It was dark and thrilling and the fantasy world that Joy came up with is sonthralling If you don t mind less development of character relationships in favor of intriguing worldbuilding and plot I recommend this Love 2.0 (A Cates Brothers Book, enchanting fantasy rep Black North African inspired MC multiple Black North African inspired characters mlm character multi gender attracted male Black character content warnings multiple depictions of blood death animal death murder racismThank you to Penguin for sending me a copy of this book inxchange for a spot on the blog tour This did not affect my opinions in any way All uotes are from an advance copy and may differ in final publication A sibling rivalry like nothing you ve The Fix ever read before Joy weaves a dark yet delicate treatise on race heritage and power whilst never losing that addictive just one chapter allure I devoured it one sitting reading my twitter followers underrated faves 35 rounded up To become numb to violence was to forget to cherish lifeThis hadxuisite world building and I loved all of the lements of magick I loved the inclusion of different tribes and magical folk as well as learning of the different types of magick humans and other mortals and immortals possess This had a strong female MC
Whose View Point Wasview point was to read from as we see her dealing with despising and cold family members magick a court that underestimates her and romance as well as
learning the wicked truth about the history of the land Eva probably had the coolestthe wicked truth about the history of the land Eva probably had the coolest in my opinionThis also focused on a fantasy world where there are political tensions slavery and court influence between the types of folk who roam the land This also provides history of the land so the reader is able to understand why the court layout and political structure is the way it is However I would ve liked detail into this for certain parts of the landThis had a good reveal and is definitely setting up for the next book in the series Some of the things that I thought would happen in this book sadly did not and will possibly happen in future books This definitely left uestions than answers I am curious to see where these characters go and what will happen to them in future books The November Fairyloot Arrived a bit late but there are some lovely things Click on the GOODIES LINK under the pic to see the GOODIES GOODIES LIN. Ants to see her dead As tensions scalate Eva is forced to turn 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 ownA River of Royal Blood is an nthralling debut set in a lush North African inspired fantasy world that subtly but powerfully challenges our notions of power history and identi. ,