Idriel’s Children by Hayley Reese Chow

Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Idriel’s Children

Author: Hayley Reese Chow

Book Series: Odriel’s Heirs Book 2

Rating: 3/5

Recommended For…: young adult readers, fantasy

Publication Date: July 19, 2021

Genre: YA Fantasy

Recommended Age: 14+ (violence, gore)

Explanation of CWs: Moderate amounts of violence and gore.

Publisher: Indie Published

Pages: 201

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Aza inherited the power of shadow to rid the land of evil as Odriel’s cold-blooded assassin. With her growing strength, Aza discovers the Shadow Plane—a realm of wraiths where screams haunt the winds, calling to her. Although her father forbids her from entering the dark realm, Aza can’t ignore the beckoning whispers.

When a dangerous new breed of monster attacks, Aza believes the Shadow Plane holds the answers they need to defeat them. With the unwanted help of a snarky cat and a cursed beast, Aza seeks out the monastic Wraith-Called for answers. But the deeper Aza delves into the dark realm, the further she drifts from the world she knows.

As Aza uncovers evils new and old, she must decide if the ends really do justify the means… and how many lives she’s willing to pay.

Review: For the most part I enjoyed the book. The writing is very well done and the story is well plotted. The characters are well developed and the world building is great. It’s a good book for people who like the same chosen one tropey style books.

However, I did feel like this book is very trope-y and predictable. There’s not a lot that doesn’t go on in other books and I felt like the book, while great, didn’t have a special spark that made it unique. The pacing is also slow.

Verdict: It’s good.

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