A review by aravenclawlibraryx
Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

adventurous dark emotional mysterious sad tense slow-paced
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


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Finally, I read a book that was incredibly popular and made rounds on Goodreads. I’m so proud of myself. Granted, I am a couple years late but better late than never, right? I was lucky to find this book at a bookstore in Minnesota. This bookstore was every book lover’s dream. We are talking floor to ceiling of books and all those shelves were just jammed back full of books. The prices were good too! As a thrifter, I always look for good deals and this store had them. Plus, you could take your books there and get credit to the store for them. I could have spent hours in there and never gone through all the books. I’ll visit them again and write a more concise post about this store. I wish I could remember the name but I visited this place with my dad’s girlfriend and it was kind of a spur of the moment visit. 

Anyway. I should probably review the book. 

While I didn’t quite love this book, I did enjoy the ride even though I was bored through parts of it. One positive I must point out is the maps and family tree in the beginning of the book. It makes things a lot easier to keep track of and it’s a unique thing to reference back too for when things get too confusing. All fantasy books and books with huge worlds should have this in all their books. But I understand why they don’t.  

Unfortunately, the book didn’t have a lot happen in terms of events until the surprise twist at the end. I think it was building up for an explosive second book where everything would be answered and conflict would happen. Which is okay if you are into that kind of thing but I was kind of bored through most of the book. However, there was just enough to keep me curious to know what is happening. 

This book talks a lot about racism and how quickly people will start a war over prejudices. I think it offers a great discussion on just how much racism affects society. It made me so mad to see just how awful the racism throughout the book was. If anything, the great discussion involving racism was enough to keep me going through and continue reading this book. 

Overall, while I didn't quite love the book, I’m intrigued enough to read the second book and see what happens. Especially with that surprised twist at the end. Not to mention the cover of this book is gorgeous and the topic of racism is very well discussed. 

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