Hello everyone! Today I am going to be reviewing Throne of Lies by Sara Secora. I received a review copy of this book through YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. I gave this book 4 stars. Please bare in mind that I am trying to be more critical of the books I read this year.
Reading this book was fun. It was fast-paced and interesting. It was not, however, incredible. It does have the potential to be incredible and so, I will devour the rest of the books in time. And I am sure I will love them as much as if not more than this first novel.
There were a few things, or rather characters, that I LOVED in this book: Ark and Soren (who shall not be explained further because- spoilers!). Amethysta’s parents, but especially her father in the later part of the book. Gehlin, Amethysta’s tutor, for his love of teaching and his eccentric methods. There were a few things I truly liked about this book: Cerdiwen, the horse. The beautiful gardens. The painting. The poetry and the plays. There were a couple of things that I can tell I will come to like more than I do: Amethysta herself. Gwyneth (she is such an interesting character already- I do hope we see her again).
And there a one thing that I did not like, something that I hope becomes better in the next books. I found the pacing of the book perhaps a bit rushed, uneven. I’m not sure of the time period that this book took or whether it was consistent, but it did not seem so. The months and days at the top of each chapter would have surely helped but I had no idea what they were (probably my inability to understand the gorgeous maps and diagrams at the beginning of the book than through any fault of the author).
In conclusion, whilst I did not find this book perfect, I see potential for an incredible sequel and I loved many of the characters and settings in this book. I would definitely recommend this book to those who like fast-paced fantasies with a bit of romantic intrigue and a lot of hard feelings.
Happy reading, Keira x.