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480 pages, Hardcover
First published October 9, 2018
“Deep beneath the citadel, the executioner was waiting.”
“He learned how to hold a world of hatred inside of him without a single crack in his exterior calm. Sometimes he felt like that was his greatest accomplishment. And sometimes he wished the Valeras hadn’t done him the favor of letting his father live.”
“I’ll tell you the story,” he said. “I can’t promise you’ll believe me, but I promise it’s all true.”
No one wanted to believe their mistakes were preventable. If your future was foretold, then you weren’t accountable for it.
Cassa: orphaned daughter of rebels. clever. independent. strong. could probably kill you in your sleep. POC!
Alys: intelligent. soft yet fierce. prophet. wouldn’t hesitate to call you out if you hurt her loved ones. POC, fat, has anxiety and panic attacks, and is asexual!
Evander: MY FAVE. jokester. silver manipulator. determined. jokes so he can’t be afraid, which is a mood. POC and bisexual!
Newt: PURE. extremely soft. contortionist. broken, but healing (victim of abuse). couldn’t keep him tied up for anything. gay!
He was bent, but he wasn’t broken. That was enough, for now.
“Every memory, every mistake, every perfect moment. It’s all mine. It’s all me.”
// buddy read with my fav, my fav, and my not fav
Thank you to Amulet Books for sending me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review! This did not affect my opinion in any way. All quotes are from an advance copy and may differ in final publication.
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Maybe It's Just Me*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱
“You said you were a diviner,” Alys said. “How can you be the executioner?”
“I am a diviner,” Solan said. “But that’s not all I am.”
“You’re a rook too?” Newt asked. His face was screwed up in confusion.
Cassa had heard of people being born with more than one skill, though it was rare. Diviners were descendants of seers—their ability to read small fortunes and near futures was a trickle-down effect through weakening bloodlines. Rooks were almost as rare as seers and could give and take memories with a touch. Sentients descended from rook bloodlines and were able to read the past—and sometimes thoughts—in people’s faces. It was possible, if someone had rook and seer blood in them, for a person to manifest with more than one skill.
"He was bent, but he wasn’t broken. That was enough, for now."
We are not foretold.