I absolutely loved the first novel of the Amethysta trilogy. The story follows Princess Amethysta, who is the only heir of the King and Queen of Vataenya, and must learn how to be a proper successor to the throne while also dealing with being a teenager. Oh, and having magical powers on top of the growing pains of adolescence. That old chestnut.
I couldn’t put the book down until I finished it. I was captivated from the first page, and devoured the story. I wanted to know what was going to happen to Amethysta, and see what choices she made. Amethysta is a relatable character, and I genuinely cared about her well-being. Secora writes beautifully, and I felt immersed in the world of Vataenya. I felt like I was right there alongside Amethysta, and I could practically feel the emotions crackling off the page. I’m eager to know more about the world of Vataenya, and I’m already antsy to read the following two novels in the series.
The only thing I didn’t love about this novel was a case of insta-love. After only three visits with a character, Amethysta has decided he is her soulmate (right after having feelings for another character). I couldn’t really suspend my disbelief in this aspect, and felt like the relationship was rushed. The ending also felt strangely abrupt. Also, there were a few grammatical errors, that even though they don’t detract from the overall reading experience, are noticeable.
These few flaws/niggles didn’t take away from my enjoyment of Throne of Lies, and Secora is a promising author. I can’t wait to see where she takes Amethysta in the upcoming installments, and I’m eager to see what unfolds.
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