Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova. I love all the books that I’ve read by her, so I was so excited to see that there would be a tour. This tour is being hosted by Fantastic Flying Book Club.
Incendiary (Hollow Crown #1)
by Zoraida Córdova
Release Date: April 28th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
I am Renata Convida.
I have lived a hundred stolen lives.
Now I live my own.
Renata Convida was only a child when she was kidnapped by the King’s Justice and brought to the luxurious palace of Andalucia. As a Robari, the rarest and most feared of the magical Moria, Renata’s ability to steal memories from royal enemies enabled the King’s Wrath, a siege that resulted in the deaths of thousands of her own people.
Now Renata is one of the Whispers, rebel spies working against the crown and helping the remaining Moria escape the kingdom bent on their destruction. The Whispers may have rescued Renata from the palace years ago, but she cannot escape their mistrust and hatred–or the overpowering memories of the hundreds of souls she turned “hollow” during her time in the palace.
When Dez, the commander of her unit, is taken captive by the notorious Sangrado Prince, Renata will do anything to save the boy whose love makes her place among the Whispers bearable. But a disastrous rescue attempt means Renata must return to the palace under cover and complete Dez’s top secret mission. Can Renata convince her former captors that she remains loyal, even as she burns for vengeance against the brutal, enigmatic prince? Her life and the fate of the Moria depend on it.
But returning to the palace stirs childhood memories long locked away. As Renata grows more deeply embedded in the politics of the royal court, she uncovers a secret in her past that could change the entire fate of the kingdom–and end the war that has cost her everything.
Zoraida Cordova is an autobuy author for me. I have loved everything I’ve read so far.
Ren was rescued by the Whispers years ago. Dez is the leader of their small group, the Lynx Unit. Sayida, Esteban, and Margo also make up the group. The king has pushed the Moria (magic users) out. They are considered the enemy. Renata is one of the most dangerous, a Robari. She can take memories from a person. It can be one or it can be all of them. She’s left Hollows with no memories at all. She can’t control her magic well yet and most people are afraid of her. She isn’t’ trusted either. When Renata was young, she was taken in the king’s justice. He was good to her and she had everything she could want. But Ren was also going to be a weapon. The justice used her and it caused the deaths of a lot of Moria, including her parents. Ren feels like an outcast everywhere. She’s a loner and doesn’t trust anyone except Dez. She’s in love with the boy who rescued her all those years ago.
When the current mission doesn’t end well, Ren makes the decision to go back to the justice. Her goal is to kill the prince more than anyone. He’s cruel and kills people easily, even his own brother. Ren doesn’t have many memories from her first time there. She created what is called the Gray. It holds all her memories. The memories she takes from others confuse her. She finds out things she repressed and things she didn’t know about the king and prince. Ren is pretty broken. She focuses on all the bad things that have happened and not realized how much she needs others. She meets a few people in the capital that she enjoys, but that suspicion is always there. Ren needs to find the Magpie, a current spy, but she’s not sure who it is or if they’re even alive. The Arm of Justice has created a weapon to “cure” the Moria. What it will do is rip out their power. A lot of people have already died trying to find out where it is.
Things are not all that they seem. There is revenge and betrayal. I saw some twists coming, but I still loved them. The writing and story is great. I got invested in the people quickly. And that ending. I cannot wait to see where things go in book two. My review is a big vague as usual, but I really don’t want to ruin any plot twist.
I gave this 5 stars. Thank you to Hyperion for my review copy.
Warnings for death, torture, captivity, and a lot of blood.
“How can you be so kind?” “I choose it,” she says. “But don’t confuse it for weakness.”
Sometimes I wonder if a person can have so much regret they’ll drown in it.
“You’re a shadow. You’re steel. You’re vengeance in the night. You’re a Whisper of the rebel Moria.”
“We all have darkness in our pasts. The goddess says we all deserve forgiveness.”
Suddenly, he’s no longer my unit leader but something else. The boy who rescued me nearly a decade ago. My only true friend.
Zoraida Córdova is the author of many fantasy novels including Star Wars: A Crash of Fate, the Brooklyn Brujas series, and The Vicious Deep trilogy. Her novel Labyrinth Lost won the International Book Award for Best Young Adult Novel in 2017. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, and Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft. Her upcoming books include Incendiary, book one in the Hollow Crown duology (Hyperion 2020) and she’s the co-editor of Vampires Never Get Old (Imprint 2020). Zoraida was born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, New York. When she isn’t working on her next novel, she’s planning her next adventure.
Prize: Win a copy of INCENDIARY by Zoraida Córdova (US Only)
Starts: 28th April 2020
Ends: 12th May 2020
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