Netgalley Review: Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria


Synopsis: “In the city of Eldra, people are ruled by ancient prophecies. For centuries, the high council has stayed in power by virtue of the prophecies of the elder seers. After the last infallible prophecy came to pass, growing unrest led to murders and an eventual rebellion that raged for more than a decade.

In the present day, Cassa, the orphaned daughter of rebels, is determined to fight back against the high council, which governs Eldra from behind the walls of the citadel. Her only allies are no-nonsense Alys, easygoing Evander, and perpetually underestimated Newt, and Cassa struggles to come to terms with the legacy of rebellion her dead parents have left her — and the fear that she may be inadequate to shoulder the burden. But by the time Cassa and her friends uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, it may be too late to save the city — or themselves.”

Date published: October 9, 2018

Rating: 5 stars.

*I received a copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Wow. Let me just say that I am a huge fan of Destiny Soria’s work, even more now. I loved Iron Cast (that’s her debut book you should check it out) and that was the entire reason why I wanted to read BTC. I love that her books are character driven. There is plenty of action but her books are about the friendships and the characters instead of just what’s happening to and/or around them. Because it focuses on the characters it is a little slow in the beginning but it picks up (at least it did for me).

This book has everything you might be looking for. There is a heist, a ragtag group of friends, so much sass and snappy comebacks, LGBTQA+ rep, little bit of romance, and originality. Soria offers some new takes on “magical” abilities and I am here for it. Both of her books do honestly. I am becoming such a fan.

I’m just going to say Alys and Newt are my new children and must be protected at all costs. That’s another thing I love about Soria. Her names. Between BTC and IC I have names picked out for children I can’t even have anymore. They are just so cute and the characters are totally relatable and adorable.

I just realized what the cover actually is and OMG it fits perfectly with the story.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I think if you like books similar to Six of Crows you might like this too.

Note: I am not comparing the two. I don’t recommend comparing books at all. It’s not fair to yourself, the authors, or the books. I just think they have a few things in common.

If you need me I’ll be impatiently waiting for her next book whenever that might be.

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