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Beneath the Citadel

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  662 ratings  ·  241 reviews
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
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Amulet
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Chaima ✨ شيماء
if you’re:
⚪ a man
⚪ a woman
🔘 tired of occupying a human form

and you’re looking for:
⚪ a man
⚪ a woman
🔘 a fun & unputdownable heist book with a multi ethnic group of rebels consisting of plus-size ace girls and bi boys teaming up, despite nigh-impossible odds, to achieve the unachievable, featuring also the most wholesome friends-to-lovers gay romance and the most nerve-wracking ending

Then you better SMASH that “want-to-read” button because this was FUCKING GREAT.

Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

“Deep beneath the citadel, the executioner was waiting.”

Beneath the Citadel really impressed me throughout. Not only is this a really solid and satisfying standalone, and not only does it have some pretty amazing rep, but the story is also so unique. Every time I opened this book up, I never wanted to put it down.

The book starts out with four of our main characters being thrown into the dungeons, after being senten
Elise (TheBookishActress)
No one wanted to believe their mistakes were preventable. If your future was foretold, then you weren’t accountable for it.

Enjoyable standalone fantasy is something to be thankful for!

So Beneath the Citadel is an enjoyable book about a fantasy heist: four criminals, and their maybe-ally on the inside, attempt to pull off a rebellion against the oppressive high priests ruling their city. But can they trust the allies they’ve picked? This is a supremely entertaining premise, and on the whole
may ➹
4.5 stars

opens with a heist featuring a diverse cast of characters who banter
me: Six of Crows, is that you?

I know I shouldn’t compare this book, or any book, to Six of Crows, because no book is truly like that one, but as soon as I started reading this, I could feel the Six of Crows vibes just dripping from it. If that doesn’t make you want to pick up this book right away, I honestly have no idea what will (I mean, besides the great rep, unique premise, and engaging storyline).

This book is
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria is a young adult fantasy read. This one has been compared a bit to Six of Crows and I can see that comparison in the somewhat rag tag group of teens coming together and going against their society.

The story takes place in the city of Eldra where a group of teens have come together as a last effort in a rebellion against the council. Told from their different points of view the book starts as each have been captured after an attempt to sneak into the citadel a
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Maybe It's Just Me*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

I struggled. So damn hard. It had way too much information! Way too many POVs. I felt no connection with any of the characters. The only thing this book got going is that it had a somewhat mystery in it. I felt no love between any of the characters; I just feel like they don't really know or care for each other, they are just there. Hell, I barely felt any brother-sister bond between the siblings! And that's when it's bad. Maybe it's because it's YA? It's been
✨Brithanie Faith✨
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

E-ARC provided by NetGalley and ABRAMS Kids in exchange for an honest review.

Beneath The Citadel by Destiny Soria is a YA, fantasy standalone that follows a group of friends as they uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, and fight to save the city of Eldra from it's supposed fate.


❇There was a lot to love about this book! First of all, going into this I had no idea there would be bisexual (as well as asexual) representation, and talk of panic attacks (which is s
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
↠ 4.5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

When I got my hands on this at YALC, I wasn't too sure what it was about? But once I saw it was a diverse and inclusive novel with queer rep, I was delighted. So whilst I'm still not too hot on this cover, the story inside is excellent. 

The one thing that stood out to be about Beneath the Citadel - besides the rep, yes - was the absolutely stunning worldbuilding. There was so much history worked in, and there were so many
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beneath the Citadel follows a ragtag group of rebels as they attempt to infiltrate the citadel. They believe the government is hiding the reason that citizens of the city keep falling dead and they are determined to uncover the truth. This book is full of diverse characters fighting a corrupt government and has a plot that will keep you flipping the pages.

The cast of characters are all very three dimensional. There are flashback scenes that show memories of each character that have shaped them i
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
This was just crap overall - it was like it was trying to be the six of crows or what the gilded wolves intended to be but failed.

It jumped too much for me and there were so so many characters I could not keep up.

Neither could I keep up with the magical element of the story as nothing was really explained except the fact that there was only villainous but not really but really magical monster.

It attempted to create a morally grey story but it came out very heavy handed and not something I enjoye
Anthony ➳ KeepReadingForward ➳
Date Reviewed:
15 September 2018
This Review was first posted on Keep Reading Forward. If you want to see more, check out our other locations as well as here.

ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

When I first received an eARC for this novel, I was really interested in the story and was excited to start. However, I did have to wait a bit to begin and dedicated the month of August to read the book. Unfortunately, when I did start Beneath the Citadel, I didn
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent YA high fantasy with alchemy, magic, and mystery.

Really enjoyed all the twists and turns in this YA fantasy novel. Narrated by 6 different characters, all keeping secrets, readers slowly learn of the history of the Citadel, its religious leadership, and the relationships between these characters. Though this allows the plot to unfold slowly, this is a very character-driven novel, and so understanding each of their histories and motivations is key to following the plot. As most of the n
I'm sorry, who gave this book permission to mess with my emotions like that??? I thought this would be light and fun and heisty and a nice, not emotionally painful read to help my emotions recover from History Is All You Left Me. Instead I got a book that made me CRY. I mean okay, the first 400 pages or so were exactly what I expected (with a bit of creepiness and an overwhelming love for the characters thrown in), but then THAT ENDING. BROKE MY HEART.

Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, own
Well it wasn't as dark as I was expecting/hoping it to be but that's fine. I freaking LOVED these characters and the romance was so cute! The pacing is really strong and consistent. The magic aspects was REALLY cool and probably my favourite thing. I find a lot of fantasy standalone a fall flat but this one did not so I'll have to checkout the author's previous work.
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I appreciate the attempt of bringing an interesting and diverse group of characters into a somewhat interest world. However it didn't actually work for me.

I didn't feel any urgency to story, Maybe because I didn't really get why they had to do what they were doing.. Sadly this meant I wasn't sucked in like I would have liked.

As for the characters, they ARE a great cast. But they just don't really get to show off how interesting.they could be until maybe their last chapters each.
I didn't feel muc
Y’all. Omg. Read this damn book. Full review to come. 🖤
The Nerd Daily
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Tasha Leigh

In the city of Eldra, the people live under the constant and watchful eye of the Council, a group of elite citizens organised to maintain control of the city after a rebellion that lasted 100 years. Guided by the infallible prophecies of powerful rooks of the bygone age, the council have been unstoppable and unrelenting in their quest for power. Now however, the events of the last prophecy have come to pass and their future is unknown
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
Finally, a standalone fantasy series with enough depth and plot packed into one book!
If you love heists, fantasy, and morally-gray characters, this is for you.

- Follows a team of teen rebels trying to take down a corrupt high council, who govern in accordance to prophecies.
- I quite enjoyed the characterisations of the main characters. I especially loved Cassa, daughter of rebels who led the rebellion. She was such an interesting character and, despite clear motivations, is faced with challeng
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
This review can also be found on my blog!

CW: torture, abuse, death and death of a loved one, and anxiety attacks

I wanted to like this book more than I did.

That cover is gorgeous and so is the title. It definitely drew me in and made me want to find out more because it looks hella creepy.

The plot is, to be honest, pretty much like any new YA fantasy that I see. A group of teenage friends who are fighting the good fight to free a world from something bad/evil.

In this case, there’s Cassa who is the
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Here's the deal I am willing to make. Your lives in exchange for one task. There is a monster beneath the citadel. I need you to kill it."

─── ・ 。゚☆: *.☽ .* :☆゚. ───


Eldra is a city that has been dictated by prophecies since it's establishment, prophecies that often dictate life and death for it's people. Rebellion was foretold within it's city walls and the council quickly stamped out the fire it brought with it, but it never crushed it's spirit.

Evander, Newt, Alys & Cassa are four
julianna ➹
The main two good things about this book were the m/m romance & Vesper. Review up on my blog here!

also this was originally supposed to be a buddy read but I ended up actually reading this six months later <3 I'm so proud of myself :')
J.A. Ironside
ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Beneath the Citadel was a pleasant surprise. I'm not sure what I was expecting but it certainly wasn't this fast paced adventure story about the importance of choice and the consequences of believing you have none. There are five viewpoint characters - wildfire Cassa, daughter of dead rebel parents trying desperately to live up to their legacy; Plump and clever Alys, supremely disdainful on the outside , a maelstrom within; Evander, her h
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
IT'S FINALLY OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay that was one of the best things I've ever read. I loved every word, every syllable in this absolutely EPIC story of time and truth and friendship and legacy and rebellion and love and loss. I will be rereading this till the end of time and possibly longer.

Claudie Arseneault
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, asexual, fantasy, lgbt
Prophecy books usually aren't my cup of tea, but BENEATH THE CITADEL is a deeply engrossing take on them that touches directly upon fate, accountability, and the power of the future. I enjoyed the world depicted here and grew to love all the characters. But especially Newt and Alys and Vesper. I guess I love my thinkers more than I love my sassers!

One of my favourite thing about this book is that it features ex-lovers who are now very close friends, and it works very hard to dispel the idea thi
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I first started reading this, the Six of Crows feels were so real. But what I quickly realized is how much more diversity, more rage, and more broader political implications that Beneath the Citadel has. It features characters who are gay, bi, fat, ace, and suffering from panic attacks/anxiety. Not all of those at once! And Cassa has this delightful rage that I empathized so much with. It's this band of misfits who are up against a deeply unjust system. And the world building here makes the ...more
Elle Maruska
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

First of all, this book gives such a nuanced and careful treatment to the old fantasy trope of resisting a powerful, oppressive government that's propped up by mystical prophecies or abilities. The resistance, in this case, is comprised of five teens, all of whom are connected in some way to a failed rebellion that resulted in thousands of deaths.

Nothing in this book is clear cut. There are monsters on all sides, and there are people working toward th
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
“there was a monster beneath the citadel, and it had to be stopped.”

this book has everything i’ve ever wanted in a book. amazing and loyal friend group? check. diverse cast of characters? check. AN ASEXUAL FAT CHARACTER? CHECK. amazing plot? check. an ending that made me cry? double check.

god, this novel was brilliant. it was heart wrenching. it was fast paced. i truly have all the feels now.

i fell in love with our main characters and was rooting for them all. they deserved a better life, e
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
Beneath the Citadel was so good!  This book is fast paced and hard to put down.  I read it slowly, but only because there was so much to take in and pay attention to.  I apologize now for my mess of a review.  It's kind of hard to talk about much without giving things away. 

The book is narrated by multiple characters.  We mostly hear from Cassa, Evander, Alys, and Newt.  But also from Vesper at times.  The world building happens throughout the book.  We find out some things early on, but other t
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
It's finally over
+1 one star for the beautifull cover

First of all - Saying that this book is good for Leigh Bardugo fans is an offense.
Second of all - This book was soooo bad I struggled to finish it and I only did it because that was my New Year's Reslution.
The writing is ridiculous and sometimes even the laws of physics are broken.

THE CHARACTERS!!!!!!! OH MYGOD. It's the first book in my history of books in which a lgbt pair annoyed me and made me cringe so much. I think I only li
Kate (Reading Through Infinity)
I had high hopes for this book but it sadly fell flat. The main characters were likable enough and the concept of rooks who can control memories was an imaginative one, but there were so many plot holes that the story lost a lot of cohesion. The flashback chapters weren't integrated well either, and
the narrative had far too much telling and not enough showing. One of the book's redeeming features was its diversity: there are black and POC characters, a character who's bisexual, a gay romance,
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Destiny Soria writes Young Adult fiction. Her debut novel IRON CAST was published by Abrams/Amulet in Fall 2016. Her second novel BENEATH THE CITADEL is slated for Fall 2018.

Destiny lives in Birmingham, AL, where she spends her time trying to come up with bios that make her sound kind of cool. She has yet to succeed.
“She couldn’t be like Cassa, with unquestioning tenacity for a single cause. She could only do what she thought was right, even when it felt like shifting sand.” 1 likes
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