Series: Clash of Kingdoms #1
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on December 27th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Free for Review, the publisher
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I received this book for free from Free for Review, the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The story is fun and engaging. I read it in a single sitting and just tore through it. Erin Summerill’s writing is easy to read and her characters make the story easy to connect to. I liked Britta and Cohen for their shared history. The supporting characters were some of my favorites. Captain Omar and Leif kept me guessing the whole book. I didn’t know whether to cry or cheer half the time. Enta was easy because who doesn’t love a grumpy old grandmother. She was probably my favorite.
I loved the culture of Malam. For instance, the entire conflict stems from a cultural traditon. Britta is in mourning for her father and mourners are forbidden from leaving their house. Typically, the town brings the mourner food. However, Britta is an outcast. No one takes care of her in these terrible circumstances. If she wants to survive, she has to leave to find food. Otherwise, she will starve.
I liked this book a lot but it’s very typical for a fantasy novel. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Tropes are tropes because they work. Still I didn’t find anything particularly novel or surprising in this book. It was very straightforward fantasy. I liked it, but it didn’t push me over the ledge. Still, I’m fiercely anticipating the sequel. There was so much that this book set up, that I think book two is going to be EPIC.
This book both does and doesn’t have a cliffhanger ending. Everything is wrapped up, but then again, Erin Summerill left me with some pretty big questions. I thought I had everything figured out and that the ending was completely self-explanatory. Then I talked to a friend about and she pointed out to me that it was not nearly as cut and dry as I thought. There are two distinct possibilities that could happen and either would take book 2 in a completely different direction