Author: Heather Fawcett
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Published: September 5, 2017
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the Emperor’s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies. She knows she could be the best in the world, if only someone would give her a chance.
But everything changes when the mysterious and eccentric River Shara, the greatest explorer ever known, arrives in her village and demands to hire Kamzin—not her older sister Lusha, as everyone had expected—for his next expedition. This is Kamzin’s chance to prove herself—even though River’s mission to retrieve a rare talisman for the emperor means climbing Raksha, the tallest and deadliest mountain in the Aryas. Then Lusha sets off on her own mission to Raksha with a rival explorer who is determined to best River, and Kamzin must decide what’s most important to her: protecting her sister from the countless perils of the climb or beating her to the summit.
The challenges of climbing Raksha are unlike anything Kamzin expected—or prepared for—with avalanches, ice chasms, ghosts, and even worse at every turn. And as dark secrets are revealed, Kamzin must unravel the truth of their mission and of her companions—while surviving the deadliest climb she has ever faced.Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the Emperor’s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies. She knows she could be the best in the world, if only someone would give her a chance.
Hi guys! So it’s been a while since I made a book review so here it is 😅. This book is all about adventure, magic, and fantasy. It had the plot of witches and traveling to faraway lands to look for a treasure.
First off, the writing style kind of threw me off because it made me bored at a lot of points. The writing lacked excitement and swoon for me. But I definitely did not expect the plot twist in the end! I thought that I was going to be bored as I finished the book but the surprise by the end of the book made me want to read the next one like right now! That cliff hanger tho!
On the other hand, the romance was there and I enjoyed the first part of it but in the middle of the book it kind of got boring and the romance wasn’t really developed but going to the end of the book, there were more romantic scenes. But those scenes didn’t quite tug on my heartstrings. At the end of the book, the pace quickened and I got into it. I actually enjoyed the ending.
Overall, the plot was good and the only thing that should be improved is the writing style and the romance. But I think that this is one of those series that gets better and better after the next book.
Book cover: 5/5
Writing style: 4/5
My overall rating: 4/5 🌟
I definitely recommend this to fans of fantasy books that have a lot of traveling. And of course to those who are looking for a fresh newly released-ish fantasy book.
⁃ Bookish_angel 🤓
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