Wednesday, March 21, 2018

ARC Review: Lost Crow Conspiracy by Rosalyn Eves

Lost Crow Conspiracy
Author: Rosalyn Eves
Series: Blood Rose Rebellion (Book 2)
Publication: Knopf Books for Young Readers (March 27, 2018)

Description: Get ready for more magic in the dark, dazzling, action-packed sequel to Blood Rose Rebellion.

Sixteen-year old Anna Arden was once just the magically barren girl from an elite Luminate family. Now she has broken the Binding--and Praetheria, the creatures held captive by the spell, wreak havoc across Europe. Lower-class citizens have access to magic for the first time, while other Luminates lose theirs forever. Austria and Hungary are at odds once more.

Anna thought the Praetheria were on her side, grateful to be free from the Binding. She thought her cousin Matyas's blood sacrifice would bring peace, equality, justice. She thought her future looked like a society that would let her love a Romani boy, Gabor.

But with the Monarchy breathing down her neck and the Praetheria intimidating her at every turn, it seems the conspiracies have only just begun.

As threat of war sweeps the region, Anna quickly discovers she can't solve everything on her own. Now there's only one other person who might be able to save the country before war breaks out. The one person Anna was sure she'd never see again. A bandit. A fellow outlaw. A man known as the King of Crows. Matyas.

My Thoughts: Anna Arden thought that she was finished being a hero after breaking the Binding, freeing the praetheria, and securing Hungary's independence. She coming to terms with the death of her beloved Grandmama and the sacrifice of her cousin Matyas. But life couldn't be that easy. The upper class Luminates who lost their magic are resentful. Many commoners now have magic. The Austrian Empire wants Hungary back.

A Congress is being held in Vienna to discuss the fate of the Praetheria with no input from the praetheria. Russia wants to provide a refuge. Austria wants to regain Hungary. England wants to do anything to thwart Russia's land grab. Anna is being courted by Archduke Franz Joseph who is heir to the Austrian Empire but she is still in love with her Romani boy Gabor who is an aide in the Hungarian delegation.

Meanwhile, the praetheria have an agenda of their own. While some want to just want to live in peace, others are more interested in taking over the world and intent on using Anna to help them do so.

Still another faction of the praetheria has managed to bring Matyas back from the dead and want him to aide them in resisting those praetheria who want to conquer the world. Matyas isn't interested and falls in with a band of Robin Hood-like bandits and begins collecting preaetheria of his own who see him as a refuge and place of safely. Matyas doesn't want the responsibility; he doesn't see himself as any kind of hero. But events demand that he step up.

The story is divided into Anna's part and Matyas's part. Both are in danger and face tremendous dangers. They also both grow and change greatly in this middle book of a trilogy. Fans of epic fantasy which is also an alternate history story will enjoy this series. I'd start with book one though.

Favorite Quote:
There is no conduct manual for how to live with oneself after changing the world. 
I received this one in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

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