Author: Destiny Soria
Published: October 9, 2018
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
In the city of Eldra, people are ruled by ancient prophecies. For centuries, the high council has stayed in power by virtue of the prophecies of the elder seers. After the last infallible prophecy came to pass, growing unrest led to murders and an eventual rebellion that raged for more than a decade.
In the present day, Cassa, the orphaned daughter of rebels, is determined to fight back against the high council, which governs Eldra from behind the walls of the citadel. Her only allies are no-nonsense Alys, easygoing Evander, and perpetually underestimated Newt, and Cassa struggles to come to terms with the legacy of rebellion her dead parents have left her — and the fear that she may be inadequate to shoulder the burden. But by the time Cassa and her friends uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, it may be too late to save the city — or themselves.
Our first contender for the 2019 Most Gorgeous Cover Tournament! I’ll admit, I mostly bought this book for the cover . . . cuz its gorgeous! But the story also sounded interesting so I went for it! I am on a roll with characters I like! I actually liked all the characters in this book. They were all believable and realistic and I could understand and sympathize with them. The story is very unique and it kept me guessing the whole time. Soria did a great job of going for gut feeling, but leaving just enough doubt that I didn’t really know what the right thing was or how things were going to end. There were a few little things that didn’t quite make sense to me, and that’s why I gave 4 stars. Thankfully they were very little so it didn’t ruin the story.
What I really loved about this story, is that it showed how life is not black and white. There were some adult themes that would keep me from recommending this book to younger teens, but I would absolutely recommend it to older teens and even college students. The fact that life is made up of complicated and varying shades of gray is something that people seem to have forgotten. Beneath the Citadel perfectly illustrated how messy decisions and choices can be. Not everything is cut and dry and easy. I also loved the message of remembrance. History books can be forgotten, ignored, even erased . . . but the past is the past and it cannot be changed. Overall, this was a great book and I really enjoyed it!