Heir of Illaria. Dylan Chick. Young Adult/Fantasy. 2017. 265 pages. 1.5 stars.
“Let’s go reclaim my throne.”
I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD
In Illaria, there is a fate worse than death.
As long as I can remember, I’ve been taught to fear the Necromancer King. He controls the kingdom of Illaria with dark sorcery and the constant threat of his undead army. I never thought I’d have reason to cross his path. Everything changed the day his guards tried to kill me. That’s when I found out my whole life has been a lie. By joining a resistance group called the White Ravens, I’ve claimed new roles. Princess of Illaria, sorceress in training, and threat to the Necromancer King.
After reading the synopsis, I was pretty pumped to read this book. It had everything I wanted in a book; sadly, I was let down.
To start, this book had pretty much all the YA tropes. To name a few, it had insta-love, the death of an old mentor figure, the I-am-the-lost-princess trope, the sibling-betrayal trope, and many more. I honestly don’t know if there is any originality in it anymore since I’ve seen these tropes in most YA books already. 😦
I also feel like the book could’ve focused more on the necromancy aspect since that’s the most intriguing aspect of the novel. HUHUHU WHAT A WASTE dhsjslerhdljkehslkehl (Waahhhh so much potential tbh)
I guess I don’t have much to say about the book other than the fact that I was really let down, especially since fantasy is my favorite genre. There are plenty of other fantasy books out there that I recommend more than this. However, the author’s writing style is very fluid and easy to read so I might check out her other books if she has some.
Tl:DR: too many tropes