by Anna Banks
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Publication Date: October 4th 2016
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Review Copy / Own
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The princess didn't expect to fall in love--with her nemesis.
Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king's servitude.
Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.
Sepora's gift could save Tarik's kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs? (Goodreads)
I am a huge fan of Anna Banks, so I was SUPER excited to read her newest release, Nemesis! When I first saw the stunning cover for this book, I knew I'd have to have it in my collection, and once I read the summary, I couldn't wait to get started on the book. It definitely did not disappoint!
Nemesis is told in alternating chapters between Princess Sepora and King Tarik. I LOVED this, as I always feel you get so much more information this way, and I love seeing two sides to the story. I found both Sepora and Tarik to be completely fascinating characters, and I enjoyed watching the relationship grow between the two as the story went along. They were both really awesome, well written characters, and there are a lot of really interesting secondary characters in the story as well!
The really enjoyed the storyline for the book as well. I don't read fantasy books often enough, and this one was really fascinating. To be honest with you, it took me a little while to get into a groove when I first started reading this book. There were a lot of unique names of people and things in the story, and I was constantly stopping myself try to make sure I was reading and pronouncing the words right. But once I got used to them, it wasn't a problem anymore, and I was able to become completely engrossed in the story. The ending of the book leaves me dying to get my hands on the sequel, and it's going to be a long wait until the next book is released. Sigh.
I knew this book was going to be a series, but I just recently found out that it's a duology, and not a trilogy. That's interesting, and I can't wait to add the second book to my collection!
Overall; I really enjoyed reading Nemesis! The great characters and unique storyline came together to form quite a fantastic read. I'll be anxiously awaiting the sequel when it's released in 2017!