Author: Anna Banks
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: October 4th, 2016
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?
MY TAKE ON THIS BOOK
Anna’s debut series ” The Syrena Legacy” is one of my favorite series so I was really excited for Nemesis. The cover of the book had mixed reviews- some didn’t like it and some loved it. For me it’s the latter, this unique and beautiful cover is what drew me to this book. The best part of covers is that you will understand the meaning of a particular book cover only after reading the book!!!
The princess didn’t expect to fall in love–with her nemesis
Sepora is the princess of Serubel and is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. She has the power to create spectorium ( a liquid which can be molded into any form and provides energy). She refuses to be used as a weapon for war by her father ( who locked her in a prison) so she escapes to Theoria, the rival kingdom. On her way to Theoria, she gets kidnapped by some men and comes face-to-face with a Parani ( a mythical& dangerous sea creature). Her kidnappers sell her to the Theorian prince, who gives her(as a gift) to his brother, the Theorian king, as a concubine. Tarik, the Falcon King is not interested and hardly visits the harem. Sepora wants to get out of the harem and after many failed attempts finally gets his attention. Sepora’s intelligence and honest remarks makes an impression on Tarik. He assigns her to be the assistant to his most trusted advisor. The book then covers how Sepora helps Tarik to save Theoria so as to avoid a war between the two kingdoms. She is torn between saving Theoria and not betraying her kingdom.
I was glad this book had alternating POVs. I like Sepora’s character at the beginning- helping a Parani , her rational thinking and risking her life to save Theoria but at the end, I felt the entire purpose of her escaping and doing everything was a total waste of time. Tarik, a typical king who trying to figure out things after the death of his father. He is ready to do anything for the welfare of the kingdom. He is kind, intelligent and on the whole a good person. His kingdom is his top priority and nothing can change his mindset.
The romance in this book was good. The slow burn romance between Tarik and Sepora was nice. There were times where it felt like a love triangle between tarik, his brother, and sepora but I don’t see it developing after reading the book.
I really like the Egyptian setting, with all the five different kingdoms, This book focused more on Theoria and Serubel. The concept of Spectorium was something new. The different element properties and the history of the five kingdoms was interesting.
There wasn’t any mystery or major cliffhangers in this book. It felt more like a time-pass read. There was not much originality in the basis of the story- girl falling in love with her nemesis, but that didn’t stop me from reading this book. Some parts of the book were interesting and some were boring.
If you love Egyptian settings fantasy novel with a dash of romance, go ahead and read this book. I do hope the plot improves in the sequel.