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Incendiary

by Zoraida Córdova

Series: Hollow Crown (1)

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Set in a lushly drawn world inspired by Inquisition Spain, Zoraida Córdova's fantasy is an epic tale of love and revenge perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir and Sarah J. Maas. As a memory thief, the rarest and most feared of the magical Moria, Renata was used by the crown to carry out the King's Wrath, a siege that resulted in the deaths of thousands of her own people. Now Renata is one of the Whispers, rebel spies working against the crown. The Whispers may have rescued Renata years ago, but she cannot escape their mistrust and hatred--or the overpowering memories of the hundreds of souls she drained during her time in the palace. When Dez, the commander of her unit--and the boy she's grown to love--is taken captive by the notorious Principe Dorado, Renata must return to Andalucia and complete Dez's top secret mission herself. But as Renata grows more deeply embedded in the politics of the royal court, she uncovers a secret in her past that could change the fate of the entire kingdom--and end the war that has cost her everything.… (more)
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  crazynerd | Mar 30, 2022 |
I just loved it!!!

So, I'd been seeing this book around a lot on Goodreads, and I'd liked the premise; telepathy and empathy like powers have always appealed to me. I was really excited to read it, and I'm glad a found a buddy too! I seriously thought the whole series was out before I started it! I only found out after finishing that the book was actually released only this year, and I'd have to wait for a sequel :(

The book was really interesting! The plot was really good, and there were a lot of unexpected surprises, but there were some I did guess before they was revealed. I liked the spanish-like culture that was portrayed in this book, since this is one of the very few I've read that's centered around that. I'm not sure how accurately it was portrayed, but I really liked it!

The one thing I didn't like was the length of this book. There were two-three places in this book where it could have ended, and it would still have been good. By the time I finished, I didn't quite believe it was over. I felt that the book should have been divided into parts, if not separate books.

The romance in this one I found 'meh'. Not so say it wasn't good, but it was only in the beginning, and by the end of the book you're left feeling really confused. Is there a potential love triangle being set up? Who exactly does she know? And who can she trust?

Now, for the spoilery stuff:I was actually starting to like Margo, and so that betrayal was a real heartbreaker. I seriously thought she was okay with Renata by then, but no!??!?!

Also, I'm not really sure whether I'm rooting for Renata with Dez or Castian; her main reasons for falling in love with Dez seem to be rooted in their friendship,starting with the dice,and the saving, etc., etc.....but by the end we see that was actually Castian, so who did she love in the first place?

I didn't expect Castian to be Illusionari, so that was pretty surprising! I also liked that Nuria ended up being the Magpie, so she was mostly right about Leo being the Magpie.


I liked Sayida and Esteban, and Leo and Nuria, and I hope we see more of them in the next one....especially Leo, I really liked him!

I loved the book, and I recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy, telepathy/empathy like concepts in the plot, and Spanish-like culture displayed in books. ( )
  trisha_tomy | Jun 1, 2021 |
I have mixed feelings about this book. I stopped reading it about 50 pages in, then returned a couple weeks later, jumped back in and finished it. It has interesting characters in an equally interesting world elements and unique magic. There are points where it's a bit slow. Having said that, the intrigue, treachery and eventual reveals/surprises make it worth reading. I'll be curious to see what comes next. ( )
  sennebec | Jun 22, 2020 |
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Set in a lushly drawn world inspired by Inquisition Spain, Zoraida Córdova's fantasy is an epic tale of love and revenge perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir and Sarah J. Maas. As a memory thief, the rarest and most feared of the magical Moria, Renata was used by the crown to carry out the King's Wrath, a siege that resulted in the deaths of thousands of her own people. Now Renata is one of the Whispers, rebel spies working against the crown. The Whispers may have rescued Renata years ago, but she cannot escape their mistrust and hatred--or the overpowering memories of the hundreds of souls she drained during her time in the palace. When Dez, the commander of her unit--and the boy she's grown to love--is taken captive by the notorious Principe Dorado, Renata must return to Andalucia and complete Dez's top secret mission herself. But as Renata grows more deeply embedded in the politics of the royal court, she uncovers a secret in her past that could change the fate of the entire kingdom--and end the war that has cost her everything.

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