In this brilliant debut fantasy, a story of secrets, rebellion, and murder are shattering the Hollows, where magic costs memory to use, and only the son of the kingdom’s despised traitor holds the truth.
Michael is branded a traitor as a child because of the murder of the king’s nine-year-old son, by his father David Kingman. Ten years later on Michael lives a hardscrabble life, with his sister Gwen, performing crimes with his friends against minor royals in a weak attempt at striking back at the world that rejects him and his family.
In a world where memory is the coin that pays for magic, Michael knows something is there in the hot white emptiness of his mind. So when the opportunity arrives to get folded back into court, via the most politically dangerous member of the kingdom’s royal council, Michael takes it, desperate to find a way back to his past. He discovers a royal family that is spiraling into a self-serving dictatorship as gun-wielding rebels clash against magically trained militia.
What the truth holds is a set of shocking revelations that will completely change the Hollows, if Michael and his friends and family can survive long enough to see it.
-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.
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(2 / 5) I was excited to listen to this debut, but sadly it fell a bit flat for me. The world building was lacking in a way I couldn’t wrap my head around. It was hard to picture and it was hard to connect with the characters. While I feel I got to know two main characters pretty well, I never felt any emotion for them. There were definitely exciting things happening but they only carried me briefly before I found myself waning again.
I feel this could have real potential with better or more descriptions of the world. I had stories about the MC but I feel I needed more into their thoughts and feelings. I knew I should feel for them but couldn’t muster the energy. All in all, it could make a great fantasy with smoother pacing and more details.
Thank you to Libro.fm and Recorded Books, Inc for this book in exchange for an honest review. This book is to be released June 23, 2020.
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