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 ...more
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To become numb to violence was to forget to cherish life.
This had exquisite world building and I loved all of the elements of magick. I loved the inclusion of different tribes and magical folk, as well as learning of the different types of magick humans and other mortals and immortals possess. This had a strong female MC whose view point was fantastic to read from as we see her dealing with despising and cold family members, magick, a court that underestimates her and romance, ...more
Although the mix of magic and lore was fun, it was not as fleshed out as I would have liked. The first half of the book was rather slow, and I found myself not connecting to the characters. While the ending was much more interesting, the overall story left me wanting more.
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A River of Royal Blood follows a princess named Eva, who must fight her sister Isa to the death in order to rule the Queendom of Myre. She’s the first person in a century who has had the magick of blood and marrow, and she must learn to control it in order to win the battle.
First of all, I absolutely adore the concept of rival sisters, because it allows for so many different themes to be tackled. And I loved reading how Eva and Isa used to be clos ...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
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
“Even if I had to become the wicked girl of my nightmares, a maelstrom of marrow and blood, I would do whatever it took to stay alive.”
I really enjoyed this book, which is about sibling rivalry and on their namesday, they have to challenge one another for the throne. The winner and soon to be queen is the sister who defeats the other and kills her. This was a very dark book, but had such a unique fantasy that it kept me on the ...more
A River of Royal Blood follows Princess Evalina, a 16-year old girl who will have to fight her older sister Isadora to the death once she is 17, in order to win the crown. Merely months before her 17th nameday, Evalina is still struggling to harness her magick of marrow and blood, a rare magick that hasn't been seen in the Kingdom since Queen Raina, a murderous queen who slaughtered thousands and started the tradition of Rival Heirs by killing her own sister. ...more
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I was on the lookout for African based fantasy YA so I was totally interested in A River of Royal Blood when I saw the cover. And while the cover doesn't slay me it's strength lies in giving us a sense right away of what this book is going to be about. Obviously magic and sisters! If we're using characters on the cover though the art should be true to those characters and not have wrong details.
A River of Royal Blood is not a title I lo ...more
“It took some time, but I stood taller. I Breathed deeply; trough the air burned in my throat, I welcomed it. I allowed the smoke to cloud my mind and bade my thoughts to silence, except for one refrain: enemy, obstacle, Queen.”I went into this expecting a dark sister fantasy story and I was half right. While A River of Royal Blood is filled with whimsy and unique magic, it’s really Princess Eva’s story with her sister Isadore playing a small role. Born with a feared blood ...more
Guys! I honestly have no idea why I waited to so freaking long to dive into this glorious book. I mean, the edition of A River of Royal Blood that I got in one of my FairyLoot boxes was beyond gorgeous. So just looking at the sprayed pages wanted me to dive into all the mysteriousness that this book was going to bring me.
It was brought guys and I am hooked.
In the beginning, I felt bad for these two sisters: Eva and Isadora. Unlike Elsa and Anna, from Frozen, these two were complete opposite ...more
I liked it well enough but only when I was actually reading it. I didn't really think about it outside of reading. This book was easy to read and to understand which was nice. It definitely got better at grabbing my attention further in. I didn't know that there was a small amount of romance in it but I'm really glad that there was; it was super cute! ...more
In Myre, queens earn their place and princesses must fight to the death for the crown ...more
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Review: 4 Stars
A River of Royal Blood was a title that I was excited for the second that I had seen its cover and read the synopsis. I had followed this book through pre-publication even though I doubted that I could get my hands on a review copy, so when I learned that the publisher was sending me one I was absolutely thrilled. This book grabbed my attention and didn’t let go. I had a hard time setting it down and now tha ...more
Eva is a brilliant main character. I really loved reading from her POV. I definitely enjoyed the first half of the book a little mo ...more
I really loved the reveal at the end of the book though! Ugh, that was so awesome! I have a theory as to what is going on with Prince Aketo & why he was sent to guard Eva. Guess I'll have to wait until book two to know if I am correct.
This was sooo good. I absolutely loved the rich and vibrate cultures of this world. The North African inspiration was enchanting while the magic was as dark as it was captivating. The characters captured my interest (and heart) plus you have the ultimate sibling of rivalry. Talk about brutal. I absolutely devoured this beautiful book and am dying to find out what happens next. When is book two out cause I need it now?!?
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