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Title:
Beneath the citadel
ISBN:
9781419731464
Publication:
New York : Amulet Books, 2018.
Physical Description:
475 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
In the city of Eldra, people are ruled by ancient prophecies. For centuries, the high council has stayed in power by virtue of the prophecies of the elder seers. After the last infallible prophecy came to pass, growing unrest led to murders and an eventual rebellion that raged for more than a decade. In the present day, Cassa, the orphaned daughter of rebels, is determined to fight back against the high council, which governs Eldra from behind the walls of the citadel. Her only allies are no-nonsense Alys, easygoing Evander, and perpetually underestimated Newt. Cassa struggles to come to terms with the legacy of rebellion her dead parents have left her, and the fear that she may be inadequate to shoulder the burden. But by the time Cassa and her friends uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, it may be too late to save the city--or themselves.
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In the city of Eldra, people are ruled by ancient prophecies. For centuries, the high council has stayed in power by virtue of the prophecies of the elder seers. After the last infallible prophecy came to pass, growing unrest led to murders and an eventual rebellion that raged for more than a decade. In the present day, Cassa, the orphaned daughter of rebels, is determined to fight back against the high council, which governs Eldra from behind the walls of the citadel. Her only allies are no-nonsense Alys, easygoing Evander, and perpetually underestimated Newt. Cassa struggles to come to terms with the legacy of rebellion her dead parents have left her, and the fear that she may be inadequate to shoulder the burden. But by the time Cassa and her friends uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, it may be too late to save the city--or themselves.


Author Notes

Destiny Soria lives and works in the shadow of the mighty Vulcan statue in Birmingham, Alabama. Destiny's first book, Iron Cast, was published in 2016 to critical acclaim.


Reviews 5

School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up-In the city of Eldra, the Chancellor rules the city by using the prophecies from the elder seers, but Cassa believes fate isn't set in stone for anyone. With her friends, Cassa leads them all into the Citadel to overthrow the corrupt Chancellor and his councilors. Beneath the citadel, secrets linger beyond the catacombs, and the friends who wanted to rid the city of corruption find themselves questioning their own sins as the fate of Eldra hangs in balance. Readers will witness these characters' growth through their third-person point of view, and may notice the parallels to modern-day life in this fantasy world. Although the time line of the story becomes muddled at points, the dynamics of friendship, nuanced LGBTQIA+ characters, and political story lines will encourage readers to read to the very end. VERDICT Soria's stand-alone fantasy novel will resonate with fans of Mackenzi Lee's The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue and Veronica Roth's "Divergent" series.-Hilary Tufo, Columbus Metropolitan Library-Reynoldsburg © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

In a walled city ruled by prophecy, where dreams and memories can be stolen, a group of friends works to expose the ruling council's involvement in mysterious disappearances that are gripping the city. As the story opens, four teens are sentenced to death for high treason after infiltrating the catacombs under the Citadel: rebel-born Cassa; apothecary Alys; Evander, whose blood bond with silver enables him to manipulate the element; and Newt, able to contort his body to escape tight spots. After a daring escape, they regroup to plan their next move, but they must again venture beneath the Citadel, where an immortal man may hold the key to their futures or their downfall. Told via alternating viewpoints and flashbacks, the generally fast-paced tale is at times bogged down by exposition. However, the diverse characters-including those who are bisexual, asexual, and gay-have rich backgrounds; many scenes, especially those set on and around a creepy underground lake, are harrowing; and the emotional finale is truly shocking. Fans of dark, character-driven fantasy will find much to enjoy in this novel by Soria (Iron Cast), which raises interesting questions about fate, free will, and sacrifice. Ages 14-up. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Horn Book Review

In a city ruled by despotic elders who can see the future, four teens are condemned to death for breaking into the citadel: snarky Cassa, sixteen, whose firebrand parents were killed fighting in a rebellion; Newt, fifteen, whose abusive father taught him contortionism; charming Evander, sixteen, who has a magical blood-bond to silver; and practical Alys, seventeen, Evanders sister, whose apothecary parents were branded for helping a wounded rebel fighter. Their talents aid them in a bravura escape, but their route takes them into the catacombs where they meet their would-be executionerwho wants their help. Author Soria plays around with prophecies of the future, memory manipulation, and unstable trust, keeping her audience off-balance with revelations of betrayal that include a tricky subplot involving a friend of Cassas who appears to be playing both sides. The four protagonists are drawn in strong lines, their personalities bold and distinct with some swoony romance between the two boys and welcome diversity regarding body shape and sexuality (e.g., Alys is described as fat and asexual). Although the climax is a little convoluted, readers will be able to follow the twists and turns through to the satisfying conclusion. anita l. burkam (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

Some authors take in medias res very seriously.When this fantasy novel begins, the main characters have already been arrested for capital crimes, some of them have already dated and broken up, and key members of their rebel group have already betrayed each other or died. It makes for a dramatic opening (the first sentence is "Four people were supposed to die at sunrise"), but Soria (Iron Cast, 2016) has to spend the rest of the book filling in the background. Some facts are repeated several times, and one chapter is nothing but plot exposition, which makes it so dense it's nearly unreadable. The story begins to feel like it ought to be the second book in a series, the sequel to a novel that was never written, but it's the rare sequel that's genuinely satisfying. The action is fast-paced, when it isn't being interrupted with flashbacks and exposition. Many of the surprise plot twists are actually surprising. The premise, based around "infallible prophecies," raises interesting questions about free will. (Aging Taylor Dayne fans may find themselves humming "You Can't Fight Fate" after they start reading.) The characters are complex. (They are, however, mostly white, though a few have skin that's ambiguously described as "bronze" or "light tawny brown," and some are bisexual or asexual.)This is a thrilling adventure story. It would be twice as thrilling if it were split in two. (Fantasy. 13-18) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

Cassa lost her parents during an unsuccessful revolution meant to overthrow the Teruvian High Council, and she is determined to avenge their deaths by finishing the task. Joined by four friends, she manages to infiltrate the Central Keep but is caught and sentenced to death. The group escapes through the lowest part of the castle and stumbles upon one of Teruvia's best-kept and most-dangerous living secrets. Pulled in different directions, with mixed motivations, they must decide if they can trust one another to do what is right. This tale of friendship, political intrigue, power, and love is a delight. Soria (Iron Cast, 2016) gives readers characters to invest in and a situation to trigger conversation without the overblown, overinvolved writing of some fantasies. Chapters are shared among the diverse cast of five main characters Cassa, Evander, Newt, Alys, and Vesper and narrated by an omniscient voice, giving insight into these heroes. Power comes from talents (seeing the future, the ability to manipulate memories, even double-jointedness) and truly demonstrates how dedication, agency, and ability can overcome decaying political structures.--Cindy Welch Copyright 2018 Booklist