BENEATH THE CITADEL
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, and 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. (Abrams/Amulet)
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” …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.” (School Library Journal)
“This tale of friendship, political intrigue, power, and love is a delight. Soria gives readers characters to invest in, and a situation to trigger conversation without the overblown, overinvolved writing of some fantasies.” (Booklist)
“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…readers will be able to follow the twists and turns through to the satisfying conclusion.” (The Horn Book)
“…genuinely satisfying…The premise, based around “infallible prophecies,” raises interesting questions about free will…This is a thrilling adventure story.” (Kirkus)