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Today I am sharing with you guys my review of The Lost Legends, the first book in The Nihryst series by Cait Marie. I wanted to have this one up last week but with everything at work, I just couldn’t make it work. Allons-y!
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: March 18th, 2020
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A plague. A prophecy. A centuries-long curse.
All her life, Princess Adalina heard tales of the legendary, immortal warriors known as the Nihryst. Cursed and bound to a deck of tarot cards by her ancestors, the Nihryst were stranded on a remote island nearly a century and a half earlier.
Her brother, Prince Shane, is destined to rule the kingdom of Detmarya. Though preparing for this role has encompassed his entire life, control of the kingdom may come sooner than expected due to their father’s sporadic behavior.
Discovering the king’s plan to set a war in motion with a mass assassination, Ada unwittingly joins a crew of pirates in search of the only beings powerful enough to stop him: the Nihryst. Meanwhile, Shane and a group of underground rebels make a haunting discovery of a plague infecting the streets of Detmarya.
With a looming deadline to save multiple kingdoms and thousands of innocent lives, both royal siblings join quests worthy of Ada’s beloved fairy tales. – synopsis from Goodreads
“This is going to end horribly. Oh, absolutely.”
I was really happy to have received an eArc of The Lost Legends by author Cait Marie. Cait is a member of my online book club TBR & Beyond and I was glad I could support her by reading and reviewing her book.
The Lost Legends is a reimagining of Robin Hood meets Pirates of the Caribbean and an unexpected dash of Tangled. Now that is a recipe for success. Many years ago Loxley and his merry gang known as the Nihryst have been banished to a faraway island and cursed to live as immortals. Princess Adalina has always dreamt of finding and freeing them. From the time she was a little girl until she is forced to exile herself to save her kingdom her whole life has been about the Lost Legends. As she boards a ship of not what she expected pirates to escape her father, Adalina will be met with a lot of challenges.
The Lost Legends is told in the points of view of the siblings through third-person narration. We follow Adalina and her brother Shane on both of their journeys – Adalina in her search of the Nihryst and Shane left behind by his sister to find out more of the King’s plans. I feel like this was a smart choice for the author as it permits us to continue to learn more about the kingdom and what is happening there. It does give us a lot more worldbuilding than if the story followed solely Adalina.
I have to say that my favourite point of view was Adalina. I related to her more than to Shane though I did enjoy Shane’s character arc. Adalina came off as a stronger character. I sense that she grew a lot more than her brother as a character throughout the journey.
During The Lost Legends there were a lot of surprising twists and turns. Some I did see coming but a lot I did not. It left me quite intrigued for what will come next in the story of the Nihryst. The pacing of the story was a bit slow in some parts for my taste. I did like that it allowed us to breathe but I would’ve loved for it to move a bit faster in some parts. Though when the action got started it went just at the right tempo.
This was a great debut novel and a great start of an epic story. I can’t wait to see what Cait Marie comes up with next
Thank you to Cait Marie for providing an eArc of her book in exchange for an honest review.
About the author
Cait Marie is the creator and manager of Functionally Fictional. Since 2017, she has held multiple positions within Coffee House Writers, including C.O.O., Advertising Supervisor, Editor, and Writer. In 2019, she joined the indie staff of YA Books Central as a reviewer and then Indie Assistant Blogger. She graduated with honors in 2019 from Southern New Hampshire University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.
Cait lives in Indiana, where she freelance edits and provides a variety of other author services. When she’s not writing or reading, she can usually be found watching Disney movies or Brooklyn Nine-Nine, painting, or singing along to show tunes.
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