Thursday 7 December 2023

Fall of Ruin and Wrath - Book Review


Fall of Ruin and Wrath (Awakening #1)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout

What is it about:

Long ago, the world was destroyed by gods. Only nine cities were spared. Separated by vast wilderness teeming with monsters and unimaginable dangers, each city is now ruled by a guardian―royalty who feed on mortal pleasure.

Born with an intuition that never fails, Calista knows her talents are of great value to the power-hungry of the world, so she lives hidden as a courtesan of the Baron of Archwood. In exchange for his protection, she grants him information.

When her intuition leads her to save a traveling prince in dire trouble, the voice inside her blazes with warning―and promise. Today he’ll bring her joy. One day he'll be her doom.

When the Baron takes an interest in the traveling prince and the prince takes an interest in Calista, she becomes the prince’s temporary companion. But the city simmers with rebellion, and with knights and monsters at her city gates and a hungry prince in her bed, intuition may not be enough to keep her safe.

Calista must follow her intuition to safety or follow her heart to her downfall.

What did I think of it:
This was a nice enough read.

In my opinion the world building was glossed over a bit, but I would have been willing to overlook it if the story had been a bit better.

To be fair: the sexual tension and steamy scenes were really good. The overall story however wasn't for me. I especially thought the inclusion of her best childhood friend felt a  bit forced and unnecessary.

Still I was entertained enough to finish the book. I don't think I will get my trotters on the next book though.

Why should you read it:
It's an entertaining read.


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