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Crier's War

(Crier's War #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  28,032 ratings  ·  4,416 reviews
Impossible love between two girls —one human, one Made.
A love that could birth a revolution.

After the War of Kinds ravaged the kingdom of Rabu, the Automae, Designed to be the playthings of royals, took over the estates of their owners and bent the human race to their will.

Now, Ayla, a human servant rising the ranks at the House of the Sovereign, dreams of avenging the de
ebook, 464 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Quill Tree Books
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chai ♡
Oh, the sapphics won big time with this one. Ayla and Crier's story is one of fevered desires, covert betrayals, and tense, tentative romance between inconsolable enemies. This is a novel of corruption, of oppression, of bleak political machinations that is also a clear-eyed interrogation of power and its dynamics, but Ayla and Crier's moments together are a rapturous escape from the chaos swirling around them. I came for the plot (which did not disappoint as some of the twists and developments ...more
✨    jami   ✨
reread may 2020 me @ nina varela: HEY QUEEN! girl, you have done it again. constantly raising the bar for all of us .... and doing it flawlessly. I'd say I'm surprised, but I know who you are. I've seen it up close and personal. Girl, you make me so proud . and I love you .

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I AM A MESS!!! This book is everything. I have wanted this for so long. A TRUE slowburn angsty enemies to lovers where they're REAL ENEMIES who want to KILL EACHOTHER and its so beautiful.

The entir

ARC provided by HarperTeen in exchange for an honest review.

“It was never really a choice, was it? Wanting her. Killing her.”

Friends, if you are looking for a book all about revenge, filled with mystery and betrayals, while also showcasing the best enemies to lovers f/f romance I’ve read in a long while, please immediately pick up Crier’s War. I’m telling you right now, this is going to make so many best of 2019 lists come the end of the year, and I don’t even have words for the amou
Elle (ellexamines)
me every three pages of this book about tenderness between rivals, sapphics, and flawed villainy:

You couldn’t depend on much in this world, but you could depend on this: love brought nothing but death. Where love existed, death would follow, a wolf trailing after a wounded deer.

In the world of Zulla, about 80 years after a war between humans and automae, automae rule the earth, triumphing over human beings. Crier, the sovereign’s daughter, is slated to take over. Ayla, a human rebel
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was such a surprise. I thought for sure it would mostly revolve around the sapphic romance, but it didn’t! This felt unique, especially because it flips the AI vs Human story and makes the AIs the ones in charge. I wish the second book was out already because this duology is definitely one I would have binge read straight through.
may ➹
In a world where alchemy-based android-like Automae have overthrown their human Makers and now rule over humans, the paths of two girls, Crier and Ayla, intertwine, ultimately changing the entire course of their political landscape.

Crier, an Automa and the sovereign’s daughter, was Made to be the epitome of perfection, but her entire life changes when she takes on a new human handmaiden, Ayla. There has only been one thing that has kept Ayla going: revenge. And she’s going to get it by killing C
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Just finished my reread with my book club! I’m obsessed 😭💕
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to need y'all to preorder this book immediately. All a queer girl wants is to read a YA fantasy that is not only incredibly original, but has two queer girls at it's center. And on top of that we get a slow burn romance? We have all been BLESSED by Nina Varela and we should be thanking her.
The most notable thing to take from this book, though, was it's ties to present day. It may not have been written like that intentionally, but it definitely called out real-world problems. (ex. "You
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, fantasy, lgbt
crier 90% of this book: *yearns*
Holy shit girl queen pussy boss (last time I'm using that phrase I swear)
This book put me through a sapphic phase. It made me question whether i truly am bisexual because I hated almost every man in this book (except the best boi Benjy), and fell in love with almost every women (except the Automae women, those fake bitches 😒), ESPECIALLY Ayla.

What can I say, everything is so much better sapphic. Like if I wanted to see two straight people yelling at each other, I'd go sit with my
★★★★★ | Is it too early to beg for the sequel if the 1st book hasn't even officially come out yet???? It's out. I'm begging.

"It was never really a choice, was it? Wanting her. Killing her."


💜 f/f romance
❤️ bisexual and lesbian MCs
💜 enemies-to-lovers
❤️ slow-burn

In Zulla you're either Mortal or Made. Automae subdued Humans in the War of Kinds and now rule over them with a hard hand. Ayla has lost everything in one of Automae's brutal raids. Crier is the heir to the Sovereign who orde
Sep 12, 2022 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I really liked this story. The world building was not only interesting but quite easy to understand especially because of the multiple texts from books from the library.
I think those texts made the story more interesting especially because of the "mysterious" writing about the past behind the Automae.

Since we mentioned the Automae I want to say that I loved their story. The past, development and now the ruling of them over humans was not only interesting but critiqued the very presen
Nina Varela
Sep 27, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
hi, i wrote this, i hope y'all like it!

content warnings here:

much love,
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: lesbian poc mc, bi poc mc, poc cast, side mlm & wlw couples

Review also on Reads Rainbow. ARC provided by the publisher.

If you know me at all, you know that I haven’t been big on fantasy in the last year or so. But Crier’s War? It’s the kind of fantasy I can get behind even now, when I’m not really a fan of the genre. And there are two main reasons for this: 1) it’s a little bit character-driven (not the way contemporary novels can be, no, but it’s there) & 2) it’s heavy on the romance.

Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this one! The story was exciting, well paced and I found it very original.
I loved Crier and her confliction and (obviously) the relationship that was growing between her and Ayla.
My only criticism is that I found certain characters, particularly Ayla, were lacking slightly in depth and characteristic
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbt-read, 2-star
“Fear is a good thing, Lady Crier. Fear means you are alive, and you want to keep it that way.”

Didn't care about the plot, it was so boring, like almost nothing happened for such a long book, there was no chemistry between the girls and barely any romance. But I guess it's my fault, because I came for the sapphic love in the first place and got none.
April (Aprilius Maximus)
“Do not be ashamed of your fear, Lady Crier.”

representation: own voices queer (f/f) romance, POC cast??? (I see this in a lot of reviews, but I felt like the physical descriptions of characters was quite poor, so can't confirm).

[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]

✧·゚: ✧·゚: 4 . 5 s t a r s :·゚✧:·゚✧

I loved this soooooo much and the audiobook was so good! Enemies to lovers romance, themes of what it means to be human, war and angst.... wow, we sta
Natasha Ngan
Jan 14, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Sapphic yearning, worldbuilding excellence, and some of the most beautiful writing I've seen in the pages of a YA. Need. More! ...more
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🌼review can also be found on my blog! 🌼

representation: lesbian mc's, f/f romance, #ownvoices author

At the beginning of the Automae era, human Queen Thea - who cannot bear children - commissions her people to build her a child. One who can replicate every aspect of human life. A seemingly impossible request is manufactured, where individuals are Made, with Four Pillars: Reason, Calculation, Organics, and Intellect. However, this ignites a vicious war between the humans and the Automades, who
gloria ୨୧
➥ 5 Stars *:・゚✧

“Ayla wanted to see her break things, wanted to see her broken, wanted to watch her break apart, wanted to be the cause of it.”

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rtc but omg this book was everything

it reminded me a lot of dance of thieves and sorcery of thorns so read this one if you enjoyed those for sure!!

this book is the epitome of YA in the best way and it was so beautiful. the writing, the romance, the characters. it was everything. yet it somehow managed to be addictive and un-putdown
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia
“For the queer readers. You deserve every adventure.”

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Crier’s war was my first read of the year, and I’m so glad it was. I wanted to start the decade on a queer as fuck note, and this book knocked the ball out of the park. Hell, it knocked the whole park.

Crier’s War tells the story of two pawns, a princess (Crier) and a rebel part of the resistance with a thirst for revenge (Ayla,) thrown as enemies in a game too big and tangled for their understanding, and yet, against a
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
My review

Lately, everyone just couldn't seem to stop talking about this new slow burn, enemies-to-lovers high-fantasy book and I knew I needed to read it as soon as possible. I actually thought this was going to be a standalone so you can only imagine my surprise (delighted actually) when I figured it wasn’t over. Crier’s War has such a cool and inspiring concept that really left a jumble of thoughts I’m still trying to process.

After the War of Kinds that ravished the land of Rabu, the country
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

It was honestly REALLY GOOD. Perfectly constructed romance, and I loved the socio-politics of the world. And of course, Crier and Ayla are my soft children! My sweet, sweet children. I love how Crier was instantly fascinated with Ayla - much like how you’re immediately fascinated by a beautiful bird - and it developed from there, whilst for Ayla is was very much a gorgeous build up that she tried to resist and UGH my he
Emily May
Apr 22, 2019 marked it as lost-interest  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult, arc

ARC provided in exchange for honest review ⚔️
libby (carstairs version)
Sep 08, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: sapphic
3 stars 💫

"Love was what made you invite death, wish for it, crave for it just so that you could be free from your own pain.''

I'm... disappointed.

I mean, is a good book, and probably the problem is that I had high expectations, but there are a few things that made me not love this book.

Before that, I have to say that I love the world building. I found the whole plot interesting and unique, and at first I could't stop reading because I wanted to know more and more. The story, the time line and th
h o l l i s
I think this is one of those books that can go either way for some readers. But, for me, I'm caught right in the middle.

First, let me say : if you considered picking this book up because you heard it was a hate to love, or enemies to lovers, or opposites attract, romance? I don't think you’ll be disappointed. This, unlike another fantasy series featuring an f/f pairing, was done so so well. I believed in the evolution of this.. not relationship but this connection. It totally won me over and oh
4 feels too high while 3 feels too low.. maybe 3.5
and cool, i haven't read a slow burn in a whilee

rtc if ill ever have the mood to do so
Nov 12, 2019 added it
DNF'ed at page 311

I kinda feel the book has been revolving about the same topics since page 1 and not really moving forward in them (the vengenace thing, the spying thing), and the characters don't really seem to be all that fleshed out. I kept thinking: "now is where the action picks up, now is where the plot gets bigger", but sadly it never happened. I got tired of always being in the same spot, and my main downsides are how "thin" the plot is and how plane and under developed the characters a
second read, feb 4 2021: hi so im in pain

First read, October 1 2019: HELLO I AM NOT OKAY


Anyways this book is a masterpiece. Genuinely I don't know when the last time I read a book quite this good was. It was...spectacular. Unlike anything else I have ever read. It's such a gorgeous book, and of course Crier and Ayla own my heart.

I'm not going to do this book justice with any review I write, so I'm not going to try.

But seriously y'all. Read this book. It's f
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
Coherent thoughts? I don't know her! But i'll come back and write down my thoughts tomorrow (when it's not 1am)...if I remember. Feel free to yell at me if this is still in this space in a few days!

Long story short, I expected a LOT more romance from everyone's reactions (not the book's fault though so it's okay) but there was A LOT of angst and longing and y'all...when they tell you it's slow burn, it is. And the ending was REALLY GOOD, not a cliffhanger of any sort but I still need the sequel
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