Title: Crier’s War
Author: Nina Varela
Genre: Fantasy (Young Adult)
About the book: It’s the first in a series with a female-female, enemies to lovers story. Ayla, a human girl, wants revenge by killing the sovereign’s daughter, Crier, an Automae. But after Alya becomes Crier’s handmaiden, both realize they aren’t that different from each other.
I received an advanced review copy from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.
First impressions: I love a good fantasy read, so I was looking forward to this novel. The cover is beautiful.
Characters: I liked Ayla and Crier equally. They have their flaws, but I found them easy to root for. I enjoyed seeing their development alone as well as together. I will never not be a fan of diversity and representation, especially when it’s done well.
“But if I give up, then what have I even been living for?”
Writing: The narrative alternates between the two main characters’ points of view. There’s a little romance near the end of the story. Varela is descriptive but not overly so.
Final thoughts: The ending doesn’t wrap up all the loose ends. Instead, it leaves many questions unanswered, setting the stage for the next book.
I highly recommend Crier’s War to fans of fantasy with LGBTQ+ representation.
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