Beneath The Citadel by Destiny SoriaBeneath The Citadel by Destiny Soria

Beneath The Citadel

byDestiny Soria

Hardcover | October 9, 2018

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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 determined to fight back against the high council, which governs Eldra from behind the walls of the citadel. Her only allies are no-nonsense Alys, easygoing Evander, and perpetually underestimated Newt. Cassa struggles to come to terms with the legacy of rebellion her dead parents have left her, and the fear that she may be inadequate to shoulder the burden. But by the time Cassa and her friends uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, it may be too late to save the city—or themselves.
Destiny Soria lives and works in the shadow of the mighty Vulcan statue in Birmingham, Alabama. Destiny’s first book, Iron Cast, was published in 2016 to critical acclaim.
Title:Beneath The CitadelFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:480 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.75 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 1.75 inPublished:October 9, 2018Publisher:Amulet BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1419731467

ISBN - 13:9781419731464


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, But Not For Me I really wanted to love this book, and while I don't think it was for me, I would recommend it to someone who enjoyed SIX OF CROWS. It took a little while to get into the story (the time line was a bit weird for me), but I did have a pretty good time reading it. The concept, world, and lore were interesting and I would have loved to see them explored more. The pacing was pretty good, though slow for the most part, with dramatic scenes and action peppered throughout. It took some time, but I slowly connected with some of the characters. The only one who kind of irked me was Cassa. She was a little too devil-may-care, and she made a baffling choice at the end that I literally did not understand in the slightest, even after re-reading. For some reason, whether it was the characters or the slow pacing, or that final decision, I just couldn't click with the story as much as I wanted to. Again, I think this is a case of wrong book, wrong reader. It's beautifully written and has some tender moments, so I would offer it to anyone who enjoys SIX OF CROWS and character drama!
Date published: 2019-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review *Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for a review. My opinions are honest and my own. I made a deal with myself that I wouldn’t request books on a whim on Netgalley anymore. I was only going to request stuff I was really interested in because I had bad luck with books I requested solely because I was curious. And that strategy has been working out really well for me. My ARC ratings have been much higher this year than they were last year. The thing is that I requested Beneath the Citadel on a whim, and it actually worked out really well for me. The world in this book is really interesting, and I think the author did a really good job with the world-building. The powers people can possess in this world and where those powers came from was explained well, and the government system made sense. I also think the religion in the book was well explained. The religion played a role in the story, so it was nice to see everything make sense. I really liked our main cast of characters. They will never be my favourite cast of morally gray characters, but they all had really distinct voices. The characters having distinct voices is super important to me as a person who tends to skip chapter titles, so I was really pleased I was able to tell who’s POV I was reading from without having to go back and check. I also think the character development was done really well. You could really see how our main cast grew over the course of the story. They all became such complex characters, and it was really interesting to watch them learn and change. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the writing. I was really invested at the beginning, but I feel like the writing lost its charm along the way. It might have been because of I sort of forgot I was reading it for a while, but I just found the writing very blunt in a way the writing in fantasy books typically isn’t. Speaking of the writing, I found when the characters used terms that fantasy worlds don’t normally have words for that it took me out of the story. On the one had it was helpful because I can definitively say that Evander is bisexual and Alys is asexual, plus-sized, and has anxiety/panic attacks. On the other hand it was a bit jarring considering all the fantasy books I’ve read are more subtle about it because the world they’re set in doesn’t have the same terms we have. I also feel like the last couple chapters were unnecessary. The story had ended by that point, and they just showcased where the characters were in the aftermath. I think standalones need to end having wrapped up the story, but I don’t find I need to be able to figure out how the rest of the character’s lives are going to play out. Overall, I enjoyed Beneath the Citadel, earning it 4 stars out of 5.
Date published: 2018-07-31

Editorial Reviews

“The unique fantasy world, featuring divination and the erasure of memories, poses some compelling questions about agency . . . the witty rapport of the teens in the face of foreseen dangers and uncertain outcomes pairs quick laughs with fast-paced action.”