A River of Royal Blood
Sixteen-year-old Eva is a princess, born with the magick of marrow and blood--a dark and terrible magick that hasn't been seen for generations in the vibrant but fractured country of Myre. Its la ...more
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For once I don't mean this in the simple 'I wanted more' sort of way, though I did/do. I mean that this book would have been much stronger had it been given more room to grow, and had the plot not been cut where it was for cliffhanger purposes.
See, here's the thing - this is a book fraught with emotionally complicated situations and revelations, and yet the action moves so quickly that those emotions never really get explored. T ...more
Ah yes, and here we see publishers begin slapping "perfect for fans of Children of Blood and Bone" onto any African inspired YA fantasy.
On a side note, I personally neither love nor hate the cover, it's okay. Looks like most YA fantasy nowadays.
Just from the title alone, I wanted to read this book. It sounds dark and a dark royal story sounds amazing. Then it just sounds better from the synopsis. I've recently fallen in love with sister stories and this one sounded complicated and bloody. There's also a Queendom, terrible magick, and handsome princes.
I'm not sure how I feel about this one overall. I didn't love it, but I liked it well enough. I almost put it down, but I decided to push through since there were a few thing ...more
The Issues I Had:
*Villains-The sister is supposed to be the villain, obviously, but when she's on the page which is barely, she's one-dimensional. Her magick is mind control-okay. Does she do anything special or new with it? Nope, she just uses it to make the people follow her-insert eye roll. The mom is also a villain but we've seen these mommy issues in other books.
*Character Development-There wasn't much. There are about eight major characters but ...more
First, it was brilliantly written! Eva's voice rang powerful and unique throughout the story. The world itself is full of wonder, but each magical delight hides cruel origins, that people are willing to forget in order to rule. Then came the amazing plot, built on such personal, heart-deep stakes, that I felt all the little twists etched on the skin.
Finally, I loved all characters, especially th ...more
I loved the world and the rich culture that just flew off the pages. I loved the the idea of sisters fighting for the crown. I loved that it was very much focused on women. I loved the different races of the characters and the different magical beings. I loved the depiction of Eva and her moms relationship, I related so freakin much. I loved the writing as well. It just flowed effortlessly. I will say that I LOVED Prince Aketo. The representation of this ...more
Sadly, this book was not for me. Though I’m addicted to books about fights to the death, this one just didn’t sell me because I felt like there was no urgency to the fight, there’s nothing keeping the main character there, and there isn’t anything particularly interesting about any of the characters.
“Blood had no place among all this royal blue and white.”
A River of Royal Blood was a solid debut novel and had a lot of potential, but it didn’t consistently live up to that potential.
For starters, the voice of the main character felt very much like a lot of other YA protagonists. In the first half of the book, Eva was constantly swinging between confidence, desire, and ineptitude. One moment she was a powerful fighter who had a bad relationship with h ...more
Fantastic and original. There's so much to love about Amanda Joy's first novel, the world is well thought out, contains realistic political drama, family intrigue and of course, adulterated history, which can still be felt hundreds of years later. This story is about humans ruining everything. Eight generations before this book, Queen Raina killed off khimaer royalty and succeeded the throne giving precedent to the Rival Heir tradition. Sisters ...more
Book review: A river of royal blood (A river of royal blood #1) by Amanda Joy (3.5 stars)
“It is important to remember that power can’t be swayed. Power simply is.”
A river of royal blood (A river of royal blood #1) by Amanda Joy
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
(Synopsis from Goodreads)
Sixteen-year-old Eva is a princess, born with the magick of marrow and blood--a dark and terrible magick ...more
At first I wasn't too sure if I was going to like it, but after the first few chapters it really got me hooked! I love this idea of rival heirs and having to fight for the throne. Eva and her sister have two very different types of magic and both are to be feared equally. And now that Wva is coming of age, it is time for the fight of their lives if only Eva can master her magic first. There are many lies, half truths and omissions that Eva must wade through if she ever hop ...more
First - not sure where the hate is coming from in regards to the cover? It looks like a typical YA Fantasy novel.
The idea of siblings fighting to the death for control of a Queendom is always exciting, especially when magic comes into play. I liked the beginning where the "Harkening" is similar to when Catholics choose a new pope.
Of course, based on the prologue, and then the excerpt, I think ...more