ARC Review – Heir of Illaria

Sometimes, you should listen to your gut feelings. Heir of Illaria is one of those times. This book is one of the examples of why I don’t like reviewing. because this review is just hard to write. I don’t like criticizing authors or their writing.
But I was given the book for free. And I committed to reviewing it. So, here goes.

Synopsis:

 In Illaria, there is a fate worse than death. As long as I can remember, I’ve been taught to fear the Necromancer King. He controls the kingdom of Illaria with dark sorcery and the constant threat of his undead army. I never thought I’d have reason to cross his path. Everything changed the day his guards tried to kill me. That’s when I found out my whole life has been a lie. By joining a resistance group called the White Ravens, I’ve claimed new roles. Princess of Illaria, sorceress in training, and threat to the Necromancer King.

Am I a cover reader? Apparently. The cover drew me in for this book. It’s just gorgeous. And it looks mysterious and compelling.

I wish the story was as promising as the cover. Maybe I should have read the synopsis more thoroughly, the first person trite way it reads should have warned me away. 

I was quickly bored with this book. No major plot twists. Incredible amount of tropes. And sketchy world building and character development.

I really wanted the author to dig into the magic system, or the rebellion, but the story just fell flat.

First, there are a ton of tropes in this story. Instant romance. Instant talent characters. One dimensional villains.

The romance was just frustrating. Instant hatred to life long love in less than a week. One week!

And I have no idea why the two characters are instantly so attracted. It just didn’t add up. At all.

I’m trying not to be harsh with my review, I really am. But I felt like the author kept telling us who the villains were. There wasn’t any real surprise to the ‘plot twist.’ The main character just needed to say what we were thinking out loud.

When everyone tells the main character, trust your instinct, multiple times, it gets very repetitive. It felt more like the author was screaming at us to trust the character.

The rebellion held a lot of promise. The Ravens were well-organized and skilled fighters. I enjoyed the scenes featuring the rebel camp, as well as their planning and training times.

Will I continue this series?
No, I don’t think so. If there were fewer tropes, and more character growth, I might have.

Perhaps the story improves with the sequels. If you’ve read the entire series, share your thoughts. I’d love to hear if the story and characters improve.

Side note, I’ve never given a book a One Star Review. I don’t think of myself as a demanding or harsh reader. I wish authors the BEST as they write. This entire review was super hard for me. 

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Netgalley provided me a free copy of Heir of Illaria in exchange for my review.

 

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A Redheaded Texas Gal. I love the woods and thrive where there’s green grass and room to grow. I dream of living in a used book store and wearing period costumes to work everyday. In the meantime, I’m studying Journalism and Political Science, and trying to follow Jesus wherever He leads.

  • Elise

    I didn’t hate this one but it was a giant missed opportunity. I really think the world and plot could’ve been interesting (especially with the element of necromancy) but everything just kinda fell flat. But whoever designed that cover deserves a promotion bc it’s gorgeous!

    • Elizabeth Hunter

      It is such a gorgeous cover! And hate *might* be a strong word, but I agree, it felt like such a missed opportunity.