Nemesis by Anna BanksNemesis by Anna Banks

Nemesis

byAnna Banks

Hardcover | October 4, 2016

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The princess didn't expect to fall in love--with her nemesis.

Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king's servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.

Sepora's gift could save Tarik's kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?

A thrilling futuristic fantasy in which the fate of the world's energy source is in the hands of a prince and princess who are rivals, by the New York Times-bestselling author of the Syrena Legacy.

Anna Banks is the author of the New York Times-bestselling Syrena Legacy: Of Poseidon, Of Triton, and Of Neptune(all Fierce Reads titles), as well as the standalone novel, Joyride. She lives in Crestview, on the Florida Panhandle, with her husband and their daughter.
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Title:NemesisFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.52 × 5.76 × 1.28 inPublished:October 4, 2016Publisher:Feiwel & FriendsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250070171

ISBN - 13:9781250070173

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't wait for the next one! I was hesitant initially because I'm not a fan of Anna Banks' previous books, but Nemesis is definitely a cut above. Though at times Sepora is whiny and selfish, overall her independence and rebellious streak push against Tarik's overly cautious approach to ruling. Tarik is definitely the better ruler, but Sepora is probably the better hero. I also really loved how Theoria, Tarik's kingdom, was similar to Ancient Egypt/Nubia.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't wait for the next one! I was hesitant initially because I'm not a fan of Anna Banks' previous books, but Nemesis is definitely a cut above. Though at times Sepora is whiny and selfish, overall her independence and rebellious streak push against Tarik's overly cautious approach to ruling. Tarik is definitely the better ruler, but Sepora is probably the better hero. I also really loved how Theoria, Tarik's kingdom, was similar to Ancient Egypt/Nubia.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Enjoyed This One! Nemesis is a definite change from Anna Banks' other novels, and I really found myself enjoying this introduction to her brand new fantasy series. I really enjoyed the main character, and the way she was willing to fight for herself and everyone important to her. I also enjoyed her quick thinking, and the way she was able to turn so many difficult situations around. Also, I thought Anna Banks blended the Egyptian world and politics in perfectly with the rest of the story, and this is one series that definitely has me anxiously anticipating the next book.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great start to a new fantasy series! **I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influences my review. ** What I Loved This was a book where I ended up loving it more than I thought I would. I don’t know why I thought I wouldn’t like it, probably because I read some negative reviews, but I was honestly enjoying myself through the whole book. I loved how it played on Egyptian culture but there was a lot of fantasy elements mixed it. I found the whole word to be pretty unique actually. They used the pyramids and the pharaoh wore a big headpiece just like in Egyptian mythology. Then there was these giant serpent beasts that people could ride or use them to spy. It just felt different from anything I’ve read about before. I did enjoy the characters, specifically our main character. She could be a little annoying at some parts but I’m starting to feel that way about all teenage characters right now. I understand she was just trying to survive though which helps if you remember to think of that while reading. Plus she really was put in a difficult position and while I didn’t agree with what she did all the time I can understand why she felt the need to do it. What I Didn't Like My only complaint for this book was that parts of the plot could be a little predictable. All the world building left my expectations a little high for the plot but it was still a lot of fun to read. The characters were also typical for YA which I didn’t really mind but it didn’t blow my min either. Who I'd Recommend To I’d recommend this to anyone who loves to read fantasy books with fun world building. The characters and plot were a little typical for YA books but if you can easily overlook that or don’t actually mind those tropes (like me) then you’ll have a great time reading this book too.
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating Egyptian World and Politics Nemesis, this title and synopsis pretty much guaranteed I'd read the book. The story was engaging and the world intriguing. It kept me flipping the pages and I finished in no time. The cover and synopsis, again, almost guaranteed the characters to have many faces. I was looking forward to getting to know them. While I was impatient for Sepora and Tarik to meet, I appreciate Ms. Banks for taking the time to show us the Egyptian background. There is an in-depth look at the workings of the kingdoms. Mainly of Theoria, Tarik's kingdom. It's a very politically-oriented place. Power plays, battle strategies and political marriages were a few things that kept the story interesting. Sepora is a brave soul, however she was pushy as hell. I got really annoyed with her at times. She was noble, with her selfless thoughts, in wanting to stop the kingdoms from coming to blows yet her method to saving the people from war felt selfish. Most of her actions directly impacted others. She wasn't considerate in making her decisions. Due to those reasons, I couldn't like Sepora as much as I liked Tarik. Tarik was the ideal king and dreamy lover. He was unbelievably thoughtful and kind. Almost the exact opposite of Sepora all he thought about was his people. He was always processing how each of his decisions would affect them. The role of king weighed heavily on him but he was as honourable as any king can be. The romance between Sepora and Tarik was hesitant but passionate. He takes a liking to her because she's different from the ladies he knows. She falls for him because of his kindness. It was entertaining watching Sepora defy Tarik and push him to his limits. Things definitely take a sudden surprising turn near the end. Despite the story being interesting, there was no real climax. Lots of expected realizations but nothing that quite jumped out at me. In addition, I'm a bit baffled by where the story ended. The placement felt weird. It does leave you curious so I guess the cliffhanger does do its job. Overall Nemesis is a quick read with a fascinating Egyptian world full of political agenda and hard decisions. I have high hopes of enjoying the sequel, Ally. I wonder if the cover will feature Tarik ;)
Date published: 2016-10-07

Editorial Reviews

In the kingdom of Serubel, Princess Sepora has the peculiar talent of secreting precious metal from her hands, which is essential to her father's war efforts; but she prefers running away to building more weaponry. Prince Tarik is the newly crowned king of Theoria, and his immediate worries include a mysterious plague that is killing his people and the imminent threat of an attack from Serubel. When Sepora turns up as a very reluctant member of Tarik's inherited harem, sparks fly. Interactions between Sepora and Tarik are right on target in terms of tenor and pacing, and the few stolen kisses and caresses are doubly satisfying because of that. ...This combination fantasy-romance novel touches on issues of trust, allegiance, priorities, and self-sacrifice and ends in a bit of a cliff-hanger. First in a planned duet, Nemesis will leave readers wanting more. -- Booklist"With a lush weaving of magical cultures, war, romance, truth, and lies, Banks has created a unique, fascinating world brimming with intrigue. I couldn't turn the pages of Nemesis fast enough."--Mary Pearson, New York Times-bestselling author of The Remnant Chronicles"If you have readers begging for fantasy or romance, toss this their way. Then stand back and say, "You're welcome" -- VOYA, starred review