Disclaimer: I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review
Before the Timeline divided Ellorhys between day and night, the Imperial Emperor and Empress ruled justly and with great love for all the kingdoms in their realm.
Under eternal night skies, Imperial Princess Issaria Elysitao is reared by her only remaining family. With Aunt Cate’s guidance, Issaria is urged toward conquest of the Daylight cities responsible for the regicide, but she cannot help to wonder if the curse meant to protect her was not the very thing her parents banished long ago. As Issaria tests the restrictions set forth by the Empress Regent, it becomes obvious that there is more to her magic than even she realized. Something strange lurks within, making her powers unstable. As she approaches her eighteenth birthday, it speaks to her and promises more than vengeance.
North of the Timeline, Prince Calix prepared to inherit Hinhallow from his warlord father on one condition: he must eliminate the growing threat of the Imperial Princess before she can receive her crown from the Evernight Witch and unleash darkness upon the rest of Ellorhys.
Worlds collide and Issaria is forced to flee across the continent. With deadly foes on the horizon, Issaria is left with no options and less time. She must find the origin of all magic, the fabled Vera Caelum, and awaken her powers before she loses herself entirely (Goodreads, 2021).
Things I Enjoyed: First of all, Sara did a fantastic job with the world builidng! The world of Ellorhys is so rich and I can’t wait to see the main trio of Issaria, Calix and Elon explore it further in later books. Ellorhys reminded me a bit of a mix of the world of Sailor Moon R and Daevabad in the best way possible. I also loved that even though there was a lot of world building it did not come across as overwhelming and did not take away from the plot.
In terms of the characters, I, of course, loved the main trio, but Sara also kept my attention with minor characters like Rhaminta and Maiyra. And there was also Princess Shari, who I have a feeling is going to be a lot of trouble despite seeming to be a minor character at first.
There is also clearly a love triangle brewing in this book and I already know who I’m rooting for. Calix definitely won me to his side in this book. Elon is sweet, but I felt like there was more passion between Calix and Issaria. Also I’m very much a sucker for dark hair and fire power (think Prince Zuko and Will Herondale).
Overall Thoughts: I’ve read a lot of debut novels this year and Daughter of Shattered Skies is definitely one of my favorites. Aside from the incredible world building and characters, the plot had everything I look for in a good book. There was a bit of adventure, a bit of magic, a bit of palace intrigue and a bit of romance. I can’t recommend this book enough especially for my fellow fantasy readers. Definitely a 5 out of 5 star read for me
Quotes I Enjoyed/Found Significant:
He was the one the kingdom would look to for a vision of the future… Weakness or no, loveless marriage or not, he would be the king they deserved.”
She had been so sheltered, so naive, and now it had cost her the most precious thing.”
Calix wasn’t Elon. But perhaps she didn’t want him to be. Maybe this time…. she wanted to burn from the inside out.”
Daughter of Shattered Skies will be released on October 12, 2021. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09BXF93CW?ref_=dbs_m_mng_rwt_calw_tkin_0&storeType=ebooks&qid=1632706526&sr=8-1