After the War of Kinds ravaged the kingdom of Rabu, the Automae, designed to be the playthings of royals, usurped their owners’ estates and bent the human race to their will.
Now Ayla, a human servant rising in the ranks at the House of the Sovereign, dreams of avenging her family’s death…by killing the sovereign’s daughter, Lady Crier.
Crier was Made to be beautiful, flawless, and to carry on her father’s legacy. But that was before her betrothal to the enigmatic Scyre Kinok, before she discovered her father isn’t the benevolent king she once admired, and most importantly, before she met Ayla.
Now, with growing human unrest across the land, pressures from a foreign queen, and an evil new leader on the rise, Crier and Ayla find there may be only one path to love: war.
There are very few times that a review of a book hypes me up as much and this review hyped me for this book. This is one of the few books I knew about and wanted when I opened my Owl Crate Box in October. I knew I wanted to read it and I was either going to love it or hate it.
First, of all, I love genre-bending books is it a Sci-Fi or is it a Fantasy? I have labelled it as a fantasy above because that is the feel I get off it. The Automae are much more accidental magic/alchemy than creatures of strict science. Also, Science doesn’t really filter into the book much outside of the Automae.
Ayla and Crier, though! UNF! Their plotline is so fascinating from Ayla saving Crier the one Automae she has always vowed to kill to Crier’s almost instant lust and fascination with Ayla. Their scenes have such great tension and atmosphere built into them. There are so many moments when you just want to scream MAKE OUT at them.
The overarching story is interesting and twisted and convoluted in all the best ways. There were legitimately more than a few times when I genuinely shocked by the turn of events.
I did find an issue with pacing when we should feel heart racing and excitement the book had a tendency to slip into a slower pace that squashed that feeling instead of riding it through. It was especially noticeable in the last two chapters which I just found anti-climactic after the big action scene. They seemed more like the first two chapters of the sequel.
Overall though I really enjoyed this book and loved the expertly written enemies to lovers plotline and fascinating fantasy world. The main plot and steamy romance completely makes up for the minor flaws in writing style.