Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Rating: 4/5 stars

Pages: 321

Category: YA, fantasy, romance

Trigger: Gore

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Year of the Reaper by Makiia Lucier

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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The past never forgets…

Before an ambush by enemy soldiers, Lord Cassia was an engineer’s apprentice on a mission entrusted by the king. But when plague sweeps over the land, leaving countless dead and devastating the kingdom, even Cas’ title cannot save him from a rotting prison cell and a merciless sickness.

Three years later, Cas wants only to return to his home in the mountains and forget past horrors. But home is not what he remembers. His castle has become a refuge for the royal court. And they have brought their enemies with them.

When an assassin targets those closest to the queen, Cas is drawn into a search for a killer… one that leads him to form an unexpected bond with a brilliant young historian named Lena. Cas and Lena soon realize that who is behind the attacks is far less important than why. They must look to the past, following the trail of a terrible secret—one that could threaten the kingdom’s newfound peace and plunge it back into war.


Cas has been away from his home for 3 years because he was captured by the enemy Kingdom and imprisoned before the plague descended on all the Kingdoms. When Cas returned home, things are not what they used to be, so many people he grew up with have died because of the plague and he is no longer the boy he was when he left his home. Cas sees ghosts but he keeps this secret because of the implications it might mean for him.

On his way home, Cas meets Lena but he doesn’t realise she is the King’s sister. They meet again in Cas’s keep and because of their previous dealing with each other, they get on well. Cas can’t stand people anymore but for some reason he can’t identify he wants Lena around and seeks her company most of the time.

The story was written in Cas’s POV which is very unusual, for most YA books I have read so far are usually in the female POV with some chapters in the male lead’s POV. Things were not romanticised like they would be from a female POV, they were direct and to the point also because that is the character’s personality as well. The twists were unexpected and great.  I gave 4 out of 5 stars because the POV was different and it gave an unexpected feel to the whole story.

Jeremiah 17: 7 – But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence

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