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Fierce Reads - Celebrating the release of Nemesis
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Curling Up With A Good Book - Review + Favorite Quotes
The Eater of Books! - Favorite Quotes from Nemesis
“Wise, brave Sepora. You were brave enough to flee from tyranny in Serubel and brave enough to jump from the Half Bridge and brave enough to withstand the pitiable advances of a foolish boy king. I have faith that you will find the wisdom to this conundrum you have unfurling inside you.”
I really liked Anna Banks' debut Syrena Legacy trilogy (mermaids!!!), and when I heard that she was branching in a new direction with a duology full of political intrigue and warring kingdoms, and enemies in love, I was like, gimme, gimme. Thankfully, NEMESIS doesn't disappoint, and I'm so excited to pick up the concluding book ALLY next year because the way things ENDED!!!
Princess Sepora has fled her kingdom and let go of her princess title. If she stays, she will help her father obliterate the four remaining kingdoms surrounding them. She is a Forger, with the ability to produce the rare and highly sought-after Spectorium that has made her kingdom rich. Her Forging abilities are what allow her father to seek more control. Sepora decides to fake her death and flee to a life where she is in control of her own future. However, her escape doesn't go as planned. She's captured in the enemy nation Theoria and winds up working in the Falcon King's household. The King, Tarik, is mourning the loss of his father to a quiet, deadly plague, and struggling to step into his new role and lead his kingdom. Research has shown him that only Spectorium can cure the plague, but for some reason, the King of Serubel has stopped trading it. His daughter has committed suicide, so Tarik can't even ask for her hand in marriage to start trade going again. When Sepora and Tarik cross paths, they will change one another's lives forever...
I really liked all of the interesting twists and lore thrown into NEMESIS. Syrena Legacy fans, rejoice! While there aren't mer-folk swimming around in NEMESIS, there's a really interesting underwater race called the Parani that may prove to be Theoria's saviour. There are also great Serpen creatures reminiscent of dragons, and they have various abilities, including Sight. Sepora mourns the loss of her Serpen Nuna, when she is forced to flee, and has to help Tarik train a captured Serpen in order to prevent it from returning to Serubel and her father's control. Once in Theoria, Sepora encounters Lingots, truthtellers who can expose her lies if she isn't careful. And of course, Spectorium!!! Sepora's ability to produce this precious silvery substance can change the world. It can destroy a kingdom. It can save a nation. It can do so much, and she must be very careful not to reveal her gift to the wrong people. Her father already tried to take over the world with it. She knows the Falcon King needs Spectorium to cure a plague, and though she finds herself falling for Tarik, she can't bring herself to reveal her secrets. Lingots, Forgers...what other types of people with abilities exist in this world?? I just really liked the unique features in NEMESIS that set it apart from other books.
I also appreciated the way the romance was more of a slow-burn and not full of insta-love. Plus, there are still so many obstacles to overcome!! I really can't wait to see if Sepora and Tarik can bypass these hurdles in ALLY and follow them on the rest of their journey. Both are flawed, imperfect characters, but that makes them feel so much more real to me. I also liked the asides where Sepora compares Tarik to her father and finds her father lacking. Tarik is also really good with small children, and these scenes just endear him even more to me. We get to see a lot of both characters through split POV chapters. Interestingly, Sepora's chapters are in first-person and Tarik's are in third-person. While this makes telling them apart easier, it's also a little weird (for me) to constantly go back and forth between the two formats!
Another thing I enjoyed was the world-building.I liked the way Theoria and its Pharaoh managed to feel so very Egyptian! There's also a gorgeous scene where Tarik takes Sepora to overlook the beauty of Anyar. The elements used to describe the city are absolutely gorgeous. Some scenes from books resonate in my memory and I come back to them again and again (Like that starry lake in A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas? So beautiful!!!) This scene will be another to add to my collection of beauty worth returning to.
If you're a fantasy fan, NEMESIS is a worthy new contender in the category and well worth picking up when it debuts next week!