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Idriel’s Children by Hayley Reese Chow

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Trigger Warning: Violence

Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not in any way impact my thoughts or opinions

Plot Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Aza inherited the power of shadow to rid the land of evil as Odriel’s cold-blooded assassin. With her growing strength, Aza discovers the Shadow Plane—a realm of wraiths where screams haunt the winds, calling to her. Although her father forbids her from entering the dark realm, Aza can’t ignore the beckoning whispers.

When a dangerous new breed of monster attacks, Aza believes the Shadow Plane holds the answers they need to defeat them. With the unwanted help of a snarky cat and a cursed beast, Aza seeks out the monastic Wraith-Called for answers. But the deeper Aza delves into the dark realm, the further she drifts from the world she knows.

As Aza uncovers evils new and old, she must decide if the ends really do justify the means… and how many lives she’s willing to pay (Goodreads, 2021).

Review:

Things I Enjoyed: Having just finished Odriel’s Heirs, I really liked seeing some of the characters from that book make an appearance in Idriel’s Children. In particular, it was nice to see Klaus and Kaia as adults. And Shad was hilarious as always. Plus I liked meeting Makeo, who was both a great friend and love interest to Aza.

Things I Didn’t Enjoy/Found Confusing/ Would Have Changed: I will be honest and say that overall, I did not enjoy this book. I found the lack of proper world building more daunting in this book than the first. It almost felt like the author expected us to be aware of the ins and outs of this world even though it was never discussed.

I also found Aza to be an unlikeable protagonist. Despite the justifications provided for her actions, more often than not she presented herself like a spoiled brat in my opinion.

What bothered me the most about this book was how similar the overall plot was to Odriel’s Heirs. I felt like the same themes were explored in this one and Aza and Makeo’s journey was almost exactly the same as Kaia and Klaus’.

Overall Thoughts: This was a 3 out of 5 star read for me. I could not immerse myself in the story like I did with Odriel’s Heirs and felt like this was a more of a reboot than a sequel.

Quotes I Enjoyed/Found Significant:

The Shadow was the cold one. The calculating one. The assassin…Friends were just liabilities