~I was gifted a copy from the publishers - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 5/5
My review - Well, isn't this one of the best books I've read this year.
This book was fantastic. I was gripped from the beginning and couldn't put it down. I had to know what was going to happen and more about these characters but, I had to take my time with this book. To gather all the information and just take in this world and the characters that Zoraida has created and I was just blown away by how much I adored this book.
It was brilliant.
In this book we follow Renata. She was kidnapped as a child and is also a memory thief, a Robari, one of the rarest Magical Moria. She is feared by many because of her past, a past that wasn't her decision and part of her past she can't remember. She wants to make things right, she wants to be forgiven for the things she has done, the things she has done that hurt a lot of her own people, the Magical Moria. Ren is now a spy, one of the Whispers. The kingdom is determined to destroy all Moria and Ren and the Whispers are trying to save the remaining people to get out before it's too late.
When one of the Whispers is kidnapped and taken to the palace by the notorious Prince. Ren must do what she can to save him. Returning to the castle won't be easy but, she will do anything it takes to save him. Will Ren be able to save him? Or will she get caught up in the secrets and politics of the castle and her own memories she thought she would never remember?
I adored this book. I love Ren so much. She is a fantastic character. She is dealing with a lot. Not only is she the reason people died, her people but, she is trying to make things right. She wants to help but sometimes people don't forgive as easy and she has to deal with a lot of cold shoulders and stares. Ren just wants to remember about her past. Why it is locked away in her memory and why she can't access the part of her life she needs to know about before she was kidnapped.
She is a main character that I loved reading about. You could feel her pain and how she beats herself up but, trying to recuse Dez from the Prince is something she is determined to do. Ren is just brilliant. Zoriada has created a character that I need to know more about and this book took me on a journey with Ren and the Whispers.
I love the world building and how interesting and intriguing all of the characters, especially all the magical Moria are. With the spies, twists and lies. This is a book that will leave you wanting more. ESPECIALLY after that ending! It had my heart racing towards the end and just left me needing more and I cannot wait for more.
This is a book that you need to get ASAP. It is fantastic, a mix of The Spanish Inquisition with magic! Full of amazing characters and suspense that will leave you wanting more!
Zoraida Córdova is Ecuadorian born and New York City raised. She is the award-winning author of the Brooklyn Brujas series and The Vicious Deep trilogy. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, and Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft. She is the co-editor of Vampires Never Get Old, a YA anthology forthcoming from Imprint/Macmillan in fall 2020. When she isn’t working on her next novel, she’s planning her next adventure.