Destined to destroy empires Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.
Six years later, the child raised in the shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.
But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.
The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student. The shadows loves her. And they drink her fear.
I received an ARC of this book as part of the Blog Tour. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.
This is, by far, the darkest book I’ve ever read and I loved almost everything about it. From the cover, to the characters, and their story. To be honest, I was a little worried about this book because I’ve heard so many great reviews, and some negative ones all from bloggers I trust so I wasn’t sure how to treat this one. Besides, the only books I’ve read from Jay Kristoff are Illuminae and Gemina, so I somehow have an idea of how he writes, but at the same time, I don’t really know his writing style for a book that he wrote alone.
This book had a really slow start and it took me a couple of chapters to get into. I was still testing the waters during the first few chapters because Kristoff’s writing style is really unique and the narration is vivid. So I guess this book isn’t really for everyone and the writing style is sort of an acquired taste. The great thing about it though is that it picks up the pace after sometime, like it seems to build up a momentum until the action kicks in.
“The brighter the light, the deeper the shadow.”
I love Mia, she’s a total badass! She’s definitely one of the most interesting characters I’ve read. And I also love the friendships formed in the book, especially with Tric! I’m also glad that the romance isn’t one of the central points in the book.
One thing I wasn’t really able to enjoy though are the footnotes because I found them distracting. Some, or most, of them are long yet it doesn’t really add anything to the story. It’s like a commentary from the narrator, which was kinda cool at first, but I stopped reading them all together after a few chapters.
“It’s quite a thing, to watch a person slip from the potential of life into the finality of death. It’s another thing entirely to be the one who pushed.”
From the synopsis itself, I already knew it’s going to be dark, but damn! It’s nothing compared to the book itself. There are themes of violence, death, and sex present in the book so I understand if readers become a little wary but I really do recommend this book!