Hello Readers, welcome back to my blog.
Today’s book is the first stand alone novel I have reviewed and the first book I have read from a book subscription box. I decided to try Fairyloot boxes because I like fantasy and paranormal romance book and I’ve seen in the past that their boxes lean towards the fantasy genre although it won’t always have the romantic element I like. But I am pushing myself out of my comfort zone so this is a good step in the right direction. This book is from the February box and the theme was What The Future Holds.
Orphaned and forced to serve her country’s ruling group of scribes, Karis wants nothing more than to find her brother, long ago shipped away. But family bonds don’t matter to the Scriptorium, whose sole focus is unlocking the magic of an ancient automaton army.
In her search for her brother, Karis does the seemingly impossible – she awakens a hidden automaton. Intelligent, with a conscience of his own, Alix has no idea why he was made. Or why his father – their nation’s greatest traitor – once tried to destroy the automatons.
Suddenly, the Scriptorium isn’t just trying to control Karis: it’s hunting her. Together with Alix, Karis must find her brother . . . and the secret that’s held her country in its power for centuries.
I had no idea what to expect from this book so it gave me a sense of exploring the unknown when I read the first 100 pages. It starts with very little explanation of the world, you are just thrown into the story and the world building is done as the story progresses. This has its advantages, as time is not wasted, you are immediately invested in the characters which some readers will love but it is also confusing because you know very little about how their world works initially. If you like to find your way around a book and the world within then this is right up your street.
Karis has not forgotten the brother she was separated from seven years ago and she has kept herself from making any attachments on the island she lives on so that she remembers that her goal is to escape and look for her brother. Despite the distance she placed between herself and everyone else, she could not guard against Dane and they become friends. Dane is an orphan just like Karis and over the years Dane has carved a life for himself as a Scriptorium soldier while Karis has remained stagnantly consistent to her goal. Dane’s carefully planned path is swept away one night when Karis wakes up an automaton – a robot – and Dane has to protect her from being captured by his fellow soldiers.
The automaton that Karis woke up is called Alix and he is very different from the other automatons both in terms of his size and the fact that he is a sentient being unlike the other automatons. Together with Alix, Karis and Dane escape from the island they were on and race to rescue Karis’s brother as well as look for answers for Alix. And so their adventure begins.
There are pirates, conspiracies, rebellion as well as Karis’s brother’s life on the line. The brother she knew seven years ago is not the same, he has grown and found a cause to fight for while Karis’s sole focus has been on finding him, she hasn’t grown much but she learns a lot of lessons during her journey to find her brother. Life cannot remain stagnant, the only consistency is change. Those who do not understand this are usually the ones that feel they have been left behind.
Karis, Alix, Dane and their new friends work together to create a better world that is not ruled by the Magistrate. This is a story about friendship which includes all the good and bad emotions that come with it. The story is well written and I liked all the characters, yes including the misguided Magistrate. This book is a step away from my usual read which is why I started subscribing to Fairyloot as I mentioned earlier.
My favourite quote
Change your fate
Pay the price
I struggled to find a favourite quote and I have never actively looked for one as I did with this book, they usually just jump out for me. I was just not seeing any lines that stood out to me and this quote that I eventually picked is from the back cover of the book, it is not even in the story itself. If you read the book and find lines that you love, let me know what it was and why you liked it.