Hey mersquad coven! It’s the day I’ve been finally waiting for! I get to talk to you about my thoughts on Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova! Thank you so much to the team at Fantastic Flying Book Club for having me on this tour! Click on the banner for the rest of the schedule and more information.
I am Renata Convida.
I have lived a hundred stolen lives.
Now I live my own.
Renata Convida was only a child when she was kidnapped by the King’s Justice and brought to the luxurious palace of Andalucia. As a Robari, the rarest and most feared of the magical Moria, Renata’s ability to steal memories from royal enemies enabled the King’s Wrath, a siege that resulted in the deaths of thousands of her own people.
Now Renata is one of the Whispers, rebel spies working against the crown and helping the remaining Moria escape the kingdom bent on their destruction. The Whispers may have rescued Renata from the palace years ago, but she cannot escape their mistrust and hatred–or the overpowering memories of the hundreds of souls she turned “hollow” during her time in the palace.
When Dez, the commander of her unit, is taken captive by the notorious Sangrado Prince, Renata will do anything to save the boy whose love makes her place among the Whispers bearable. But a disastrous rescue attempt means Renata must return to the palace under cover and complete Dez’s top secret mission. Can Renata convince her former captors that she remains loyal, even as she burns for vengeance against the brutal, enigmatic prince? Her life and the fate of the Moria depend on it.
But returning to the palace stirs childhood memories long locked away. As Renata grows more deeply embedded in the politics of the royal court, she uncovers a secret in her past that could change the entire fate of the kingdom–and end the war that has cost her everything.
Zoraida Córdova is the author of many fantasy novels including Star Wars: A Crash of Fate, the Brooklyn Brujas series, and The Vicious Deep trilogy. Her novel Labyrinth Lost won the International Book Award for Best Young Adult Novel in 2017. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, and Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft. Her upcoming books include Incendiary, book one in the Hollow Crown duology (Hyperion 2020) and she’s the co-editor of Vampires Never Get Old (Imprint 2020). Zoraida was born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, New York. When she isn’t working on her next novel, she’s planning her next adventure.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club, Netgalley, and Disney-Hyperion for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.
This was actually my first Córdova novel and I can’t believe that I’ve waited this long to read something from her! I’m actually really disappointed in myself because I could not get enough of this novel and I’m already dying for the next book. Like, can 2021 come any sooner so I can read the second novel?
I absolutely adored the world that Cordova created in this novel. I felt so immersed in this journey from the first page. I was already on the edge of my seat with the prologue alone that I knew that I was in for a wild and amazing ride. I was definitely not disappointed. Ren was such a well written character and again, I’m just floored at how many new characters I have now from all of these amazing books coming out! Ren is a girl that I could totally see me being friends with somehow, and the power that she has is just so intense and terrifying that I was already in love.
The magic system in this novel was also really interesting, and I liked how some of the magics weren’t as common throughout the Moria. Of course, Ren having one of the rarest magic out there, and it also being one of the most powerful was a nice touch, could have been seen as “typical” but hey, I dig it. I also just felt so much for Ren! I said that already I think, but ugh just hearing from her perspective and learning what she endured when she was kidnapped and in the possession of the king just broke my heart sometimes.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I think that you will too. Add this to your TBR and get ready for another fantasy novel to enjoy the crap out of.
Can you believe it’s already May? Gosh I can’t believe that half the year is almost over. I know it’s not June yet, but like… time seems to be going so weird this year. Or I’m just the absolute worst at keeping track of time so that could be it too!
I’m still waiting for my copy to come in the mail but I’m so excited to have the final copy of this book on my shelf! Ugh, still can’t believe how this one ended. I need that sequel, ASAP! Have you read this one already? Did you get yourself a copy? Let’s talk!