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Beneath the Citadel

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  1,293 ratings  ·  384 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 determin
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Amulet
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chai ♡
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 bein
Elle (ellexamines)
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 t
may ➹
4.5 stars

Beneath the Citadel is about the city of Eldra, which is ruled by ancient prophecies made long ago by the Elders. The council governs this city, but it is oppressive and the council members only care for themselves, leaving the citizens poor, hungry, and angry. It has great representation, a unique premise, and a super engaging storyline!

The story follows four characters:

Cassa: orphaned daughter of rebels. clever. independent. strong. could probably kill you in your sleep. POC!
Alys: int
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 bee
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
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DEVASTATING........ but in, like, a good way....

(view spoiler)
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
✨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
Lea | That_Bookdragon
Aug 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
3/5 ⭐

"He was bent, but he wasn’t broken. That was enough, for now."

I think this is another case of me seeing books being too similar to Six of Crows. This book has a really solid start. The reader gets to meet all the characters while they are kept prisoner and honestly I just loved the beginning, it was quite epic. However, very quickly, the book slowed down and seemed to drag forever. I had to switch to the audiobook because I refused to DNF it...

This book is about a heist, a mora
rachel ☾

Trigger warnings for (view spoiler).

Representation: Newt (mc) is gay & has a chronic illness; Evander (mc) is a bi poc; Alys (mc) is a
Highly recommend it to the Six of Crows fans.
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
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.

Rep: asexual and bisexual
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.

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
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
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
Y’all. Omg. Read this damn book. Full review to come. 🖤
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
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: poc bi mc, mlm mc, poc ace mc, poc characters
tw: death, violence

love me a found family of teen rebels
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
Caidyn (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
BeesBookHollow ♡
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
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 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
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 :')
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt
Pride Month 2020, #3
I don't have much to say, but I had a lot of fun reading it. Honestly, I was pleasently surprised. The world was interesting, the characters likeable and the plot satrted in page one, never really stopping, in a good way.

That being said, I just want to add Newt is an amazing character, I'm so glad I got to read him.
Claudie Arseneault
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, lgbt, asexual
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
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Destiny Soria is a Young Adult fantasy author and freelance writer. Her novels feature magic, mystery, and an excess of witty banter. She 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.

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