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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  7,060 ratings  ·  1,481 reviews
I am Renata Convida.
I have lived a hundred stolen lives.
Now I live my own.

Renata Convida was only a child when she was kidnapped by the King's Justice and brought to the luxurious palace of Andalucia. As a Robari, the rarest and most feared of the magical Moria, Renata's ability to steal memories from royal enemies enabled the King's Wrath, a siege that resulted in the dea
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published April 28th 2020 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Pragmastery This is pretty tame compared to other recent YA, but it definitely reads like standard YA, just with a little more physical violence/torture. No on sc…moreThis is pretty tame compared to other recent YA, but it definitely reads like standard YA, just with a little more physical violence/torture. No on screen sex or mature content.(less)
sienna more at the beginning, but as the plot thickens theres a lot less of it.. hoping the next book will have more ;)

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May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
this is a very read-worthy story, in the way that most YA fantasy books tend to be. but i am unconvinced that this offers anything new to the genre.

its quite tropetastic - a minority group with magical abilities is hunted/persecuted by the royalty in power, one girl has a unique and sought-after ability, a group of rebels seek to bring down the kingdom, the girl works to ruin those who rule from the inside, a prince who has secrets of his own, and a bunch of predictable little twists and turns
Miranda Reads
2.5 stars

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The Written Review
“Crooked smiles for crooked hearts.”
It came as no surprise when Renata was stolen. She may have been just a child but she was a Robari.

One of
Nilufer Ozmekik
May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not great but it is still good, original, captivating!

I truly cried liked a baby and maturely threw my remote controller against the wall and I cried more because I have no idea how to turn on the TV without it, after getting my rejection from the NetGalley for this book.

I looked at the beautiful cover and sniffed more as if I’m looking at the photo of unrequited lover. Nope, it was something more torturing like looking at the cases of selected wines’ photos and price lists when you
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Loved the beginning and the rest was pretty good

Now I’m effing pissed!! I got my May Owlcrate today and it’s the same damn book as my April FairyLoot (everyone is behind due to covid, which is fine) and that’s two of the same books I’ve gotten from each the past two boxes. This doesn’t happen that I often, but I may have to cancel one or the other after all these years 😕

Well my April FairyLoot just got here and while I love the sprayed edges, I like the cover with the girl on it better! Of cours
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars

tw: torture; gore

While this book had a good premise, the execution of a lot of the elements was lacking. This felt like a second book more than the first book in a series. It felt like it started in the wrong place. There could have been a whole other book before this that laid a foundation, built character motivations, and made relationships more believable. That would have made this story stronger in my opinion.

The first 1/3 of this book is very slow, and I almost gave up on it beca
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Renata Convida has a special type of magic. The kind that can rip your memories away. She can take a little: your first kiss, your biggest loss, the secret codes of a rebel army… Or she can take it all. Make you a ‘hollow’, nothing more than a shell of who you used to be. Ren is everyone’s nightmare. But now she works for the Whispers, renegades fighting against the persecution of those with magic, the Moria. Not an easy task when it emanates from the highest echelons of society. When her comman ...more
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

Incendiary is set in Inquisition-era Spain where the royal family of Puerto Leones are recklessly determined to kill the magical people called Moria. Renata Convida, a memory thief, was kidnapped by the royals to help them kill her own people. After being free from the royal's cage, she works for the Whispers, a rebel group formed by Moria. When Dez, the leader of her unit gets kidnapped by Prince Castian, Renata has to enter royal palace to save him. Oh, I forgot to mention tha
Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 29, 2019 marked it as to-read
I already gave my votive offerings to the Ancient Gods and performed ritual dances when I lost my hope of request's acceptance from my Fairy God Mother NetGalley and Goodreads Giveaway campaigns! It's torturous to wait for the normal release date. I wish I had a soul to sale for early reading chance of this book!

And last minute update: I got rejection 🤦🏻‍♀️😰😰I should cancel my Disney Plus membership!! Oh, I am not member! Yes, that’s a relief!!!😂😂😂
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a shadow. I am a drop of ink. Vengeance in the night. I am a Robari.

While this wasn’t the most original of fantasy books- a rebellion plot, it was unique in its own way.

Ren is a Robari and part of the Moira people- people who have “magical” abilities, whether this be persuading others emotions, illusions, mindreading or the most rare: the ability to steal memories. The Robari have the ability to steal memories and for this they are feared. Steal too many memories and a person is left to bec
Lia Carstairs
Actual Rating: ⭐⭐.5
Wow, I so called that.

I think I've gotten tired of the whole "MC is a rebel who goes undercover to help overthrow the evil tyrant on the throne." Not that I hate it or anything, but I've read too many of them—most of them I liked, but this🤷‍♀️

I kinda hate how we got no new information from what we already knew in the synopsis until over halfway through the book. It pretty much made it hard to get through the beginning. It did start to get good from that point,
Rebecca Roanhorse
4.5 stars. Another YA fantasy that I very much enjoyed. It starts with a bang, slows a bit and then really ramps up with an unexpected murder about 10 chapters in, and from there it's pretty nonstop. The story was wonderfully plotted and has lots of great twists and turns that keeps the reader on their toes. The magic system was unique and the MC's power has some wonderful consequences and implications that had me thinking, well after I was done. The relationship between the MC and her "mentor" ...more
May 22, 2018 marked it as to-read

“...loosely based on the Spain of the 15th century, reimagining the Inquisition...”

Assassin’s Creed anyone?

Umairah (Sereadipity)
4.5 stars

Incendiary was an action-packed fantasy set in a world inspired by 15th century Spain, reimagining the Inquisition. While it had many of the tropes that are common in YA fantasy such as a main character with rare/ special powers it didn't feel boring or unoriginal to me and managed to make those common tropes exciting.

One of my favourite aspects of the book was the magic system. It was heavily based on the senses and the mind which is not something I see often (most magic systems I
Alex (The Scribe Owl)
It wasn't that I didn't like this book. I did, for the most part. The problem was that it wasn't anything new. It was a little troupe heavy. There. Said it. This book was one massive troupe! I'm a little sick of the whole undercover rebel infiltration the royals thing at this point. I even see a love triangle coming in the next book!

I read the synopsis for a book before I read it. That's a normal thing. Then why do we not get any more information past the synopsis until halfway through the book
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, 2020
Thank you to the publishers for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

It took me a while to get into the book because not a lot was going on but the end is so fast paced that I burned through it. There were a lot of twists and while I was able to guess most of them, I stayed entertained. I also thought the magic with the use of memories and how that played out with the story was cool. That being said, I wish that the magic and world had been better explained
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Fantastic Flying Fiction Book Club and NetGalley for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Hollow Crown #1
By: Zoraida Córdova

REVIEW ☆☆☆☆☆

"I thank the goddess every day that the Whispers came for me. Who would I be if I had never left? A monster. A killer."

These words, spoken by Renata Convida, are at the heart of Incendiary. Ren is quite special because she is one of the Moria, those possessing magic, and her magic is rar
Lou (nonfiction fiend)
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Incendiary is the first instalment in the proposed Hollow Crown series and showcases Zoraida Cordova’s prowess in crafting compelling and richly-imagined young adult fantasy fiction. Set against the backdrop of fifteenth-century Spain during the Inquisition era we are introduced to Renata “Ren” Convida, a Robari who has the power to elicit memories from others with merely a touch leaving them a shell of their former selve. As a valid part of the Moria (those who possess magic) she is feared and ...more
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Of course the first fantasy I've read in months that's left me desperately needing more , is the one fantasy I have to wait over a year to even get close to getting my hands on book two but THAT ENDING. I just... AHH. ...more
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I am a shadow. I am a drop of ink. Vengeance in the night. I am a Robari.

Hello and welcome back to one of my reviews.
It hasn't been a long since the last time I wrote a review, but I have to say for me this is a very different moment, because for the first time in a very very long time, I went speechless and awestruck after I finished it.
First of all, when I discovered this book a few months ago (it wasn't still published), I was astonished by the cover of the book. Can we please talk about the
✩ sana ✩

“this prince whose friendship made the palace a little less lonely for a moria girl. the prince whom i’ve spent half my life hating.”

the plot of this book was really interesting. also if i'm right this duology is serving childhood friends to strangers to enemies to lovers and i'm so here for it!!! #TeamCastian
Elle (ellexamines)
Oct 28, 2017 marked it as tbz
a thief getting revenge on the royal family. 15th Century Spain and the inquisition. guys, holy crap.
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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What is this book about? Incendiary is set in a world loosely based on the Spanish Inquisition in which the royal family of Puerto Leones seeks to find and kill all Moria–people possessing magical powers. Renata once lived and worked in the palace as a child, but was rescued and is now a part of the Whispers, Moria rebel spies working against the crown.

What did I like? One of my favorite aspects about this book was the worldbuilding. I really loved the Spa
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Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-own

The world building was amazing! But I was so bored reading this, probably because I expected more romance and there was...very little of that. I might pick up the next book, only because I’m interested in Castian and Dez.
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, ebook-copy
This is going to be another of my unpopular opinions (may contain spoilers).

I was really looking forward to reading this book, but I was really underwhelmed.

First 20% of the book, I found myself looking up on Goodreads and online if this was a sequel. I felt I could not really understand the world building and what was going on. Rather, Renata, the protagonist, spoke like she took it for granted that the reader was able to understand certain references. And I was like: "Wait, what?". That's why
May 02, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I'm hoping and wishing and praying that this is a five star novel ...more
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

There is a dark vibe to this that is hard to describe, but I found it pleasantly surprising and it also made the story that much more poignant and gripping. Incendiary by YA author Zoraida Córdova is the first installment of a planned duology which takes place in Puerto Leones, a fantasy world loosely based on Inquisition-era Spain. King Fernando has declared all Moria, or individuals gifted with magical abilities, as a bl
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You know the problem when you read a book that you loved is that you have no idea how to put all your thoughts in words and make a proper order and specially a proper review.

To start with the writting style, I think if you start reading this book you’d be consumed by it automatically because it’s so good, I missed enjoying reading absolutely every single detail in a book. I think the book itself has a great storyline with a few plot twists that you won’t expect AT ALL and the characters, serious
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May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice

This story is beautifully written, and will intrigue you long after you finish the last page. Zoraida Córdova has certainly woven some magic here, with charmingly frustrating characters, some serious romantic tension, and so much danger. Rife with betrayal, you’re constantly on your toes to see who’s going to betray who because it’s always the ones you least expect you plunge the dagger deepest. This story was certainly thrillin
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Zoraida Córdova is the author of many fantasy novels for kids and teens, including the award-winning Brooklyn Brujas series, Incendiary, and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: A Crash of Fate. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, Star Wars The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark, Come on In: 15 Stories About Immigration and Fi ...more

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