This book is part of LT3 Press’ Solitary Traveler’s collection, which includes novels and novellas with asexual and aromantic characters. You can find more about that here. I will be reviewing these stories throughout the next month, so keep an eye out!
Breakfire’s Glass, by A.M. Valenza
Series: The Zhakieve Chronicles, Book 2 (Stand-alone)
Part of the Solitary Traveler’s Collection
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: March 16, 2016
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Finally back in Zhakieva with her demon-siblings in tow, Darkrow Katerini wants only to spend the rest of Lonely Winter resting in the capital. Instead, however, the Blue Emperor sends her on an insane mission: climb the formidable Svarinard mountain range in the height of Lonely Winter and bring back the missing Darkrow of Zhakieva.
As if circumstances weren’t bad enough, Katerini is partnered with the Blue Emperor’s heir, the strange and infuriating Darkrow Nikolai, who seems more interested in spinning away his magic recklessly than in the actual mission.
I loved this story.
I mean, I could not put it down. It was riveting, a stunning fantasy world that felt rooted in Russian culture and mythology, with a sharp, raw main character that I thoroughly enjoyed reading.
This is the second in a series, and while I suspected that while reading it, I never actually felt lost or confused, just curious about things that were referenced to.
Katerini is amazing. She’s fierce and brave, but also stoic and uncaring… or, rather, that’s how she likes to come off. Beneath the surface lurks so many emotions that she keeps tightly reigned in, preferring cold indifference. But once she starts to warm up to Nikolai (who is her opposite in so many ways), her character really starts to unfold.
The plot was excellent. Tightly woven, intriguing, and just awesome.
Because this is a fantasy, the word asexual is not used; however, the author makes that orientation clear!
A.M. Valenza is a college student who likes to write YA Adventure Fiction and Romance, usually with a dark or horror twist. Sometimes she even illustrates her stories. When not writing, she’s outside biking or jogging with her dog. She enjoys fashion, mythology, art, and meeting other people, especially her readers. You can find her at these sites:
The Zhakieve Chronicles are her only two books so far.
I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.