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I knew that I had to read Weighted when I came across it on Goodreads. Actually, the cover was what attracted me first, it’s completely stunning. However, once I read the summary, I knew that it was my type of the book, and I needed to read it, to see what happens, right after reading the summary. I was happy when I emailed author about ARC copy, glad she was able to provide me with copy, for review. Thank you Ciara, for providing me with opportunity of reading an early copy. I had enjoyed every aspect of this novella. It got me curious and excited for Neumarian Chronicles. I want to know what happens with the characters next, especially the way this story ended, I’m eager for more.
Weighted, is a Prequel to Neumarian Chronicles.
The Great War of 2185 is over, but my nightmare has just begun. I am being held captive in the Queen’s ship awaiting interrogation. My only possible ally is the princess, but I’m unsure if she is really my friend or a trap set by the Queen to fool me into sharing the secret of my gift. A gift I keep hidden even from myself. It swirls inside my body begging for release, but it is the one thing the Queen can never discover. Will I have the strength to keep the secret? I’ll know the answer soon. If the stories are true about the interrogators, I’ll either be dead or a traitor to my people by morning
This is first ARC I received, so it’s pretty exciting for me. What I enjoyed about this novella, was the way it was written, it was unique and unlike any other book that I read before. It was fascinating for me to read. Ciara captured my attention right from the beginning of the book. I wanted to see what would happen to Raeth next. I was hoping that she would find some way to escape; actually I was hoping that Princess Semara would find a way to help her. The emotions, the descriptions in Weighted were beautifully written, filled with a lot of images. While reading it, I found myself imagining everything that was going on, what Raeth was going through. It made me cringe every time that she was tortured.
My favorite part in Weighted was the bond between Raeth and Princess Semara. I found it interesting that she found interest in her, that she wanted to help her. I was happy that at least Raeth had someone there to help her, to be her friend. The way she took care of her after she was tortured, made me smile. Even though she knew that the Queen would hit her, she still helped her. I did wonder what would happen, if she was able to help her more than she did, if an actual friendship would form between two of them.
I loved fact that some part of Novella was from Princess Samara’s Point of view, I felt like I got to know her more than before. I even felt sorry for her. I knew she got hit but I didn’t know how much till her version. I felt angry towards the Queen, for treating her own daughter that way. I just wish there was some way that she could stood up to her. The ending, that was amazing, it actually made me eager for the book to come out. Ciara Knight did an amazing job and I can’t wait for the series to come out.