Happy Publication day to Realm Breaker! Thank you Orion Books for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Realm Breaker: ★★★★☆
Release Day: May 4th 2021
Book One in the Realm Breaker Series
Realm Breaker Synopsis
“A strange darkness grows in Allward.
Even Corayne an-Amarat can feel it, tucked away in her small town at the edge of the sea.
She soon discovers the truth: She is the last of an ancient lineage—and the last hope to save the world from destruction. But she won’t be alone. Even as darkness falls, she is joined by a band of unlikely companions:
A squire, forced to choose between home and honor.
An immortal, avenging a broken promise.
An assassin, exiled and bloodthirsty.
An ancient sorceress, whose riddles hide an eerie foresight.
A forger with a secret past.
A bounty hunter with a score to settle.
Together they stand against a vicious opponent, invincible and determined to burn all kingdoms to ash, and an army unlike anything the realm has ever witnessed.” [Goodreads Synopsis]
Realm Breaker Non-Spoiler Review
Realm Breaker is the first book in an epic fantasy series following an unlikely cast of characters as they set out on a quest to save the world. If you’re looking for an interesting magic system, found family, court intrigue, pirates and immortals then you’re in luck. Realm Breaker has it all.
What happens when the hero’s fail? Realm Breaker sets out to answer that question. Corayne, a pirates daughter, is dragged into a quest with Domacridhan (Dom) and Sorasa to find the Spindleblade and stop Taristan from ending the world. We also follow Andry, a squire, amongst others.
With a large cast, Aveyard excels at writing a compelling quest that combines everything I love – pirates, politics and magic. The characters are brave, cunning, timid and ruthless. There is such variety that you are guaranteed to find one to root for. Andry and Erida offered my favourite points of view.
The world building was expansive, and the quest takes readers across different lands and cities, allowing us to explore various aspects of the world.
The magic system was so intriguing, although a little complex for the first half of the book. It took me a while to sort out all of the names and terms, which resulted in me not becoming too invested in the beginning because I was trying to piece everything together. It takes 100 or so pages for it all to fall into place, so push through.
Unlike Red Queen, there is little romance in Realm Breaker. There are seeds sown, leaving potential for book two, but I really appreciated how the focus was on the world and the problems at hand. Plus, there’s an interesting plot which looks at love and marriage as a means of gaining power, and the slow burn of a villain origin story really excited me!
Overall, Realm Breaker is a great, epic quest fantasy that is well written and fast paced, with diverse characters and action scenes that’ll leave you stressed but wanting more. I’m really liking this new direction Aveyard is taking with her writing, and I’m highly anticipating the sequel already!
Realm Breaker is out today! Are you planning on picking up a copy? Let me know!
Thank you for reading!
Nicole / HalfWildBooks