Illusionary by Zoraida Córdova – REVIEW

For years, she was wielded as a weapon. Now it’s her time to fight back.

Reeling from betrayal at the hands of the Whispers, Renata Convida is a girl on the run. With few options and fewer allies, she’s reluctantly joined forces with none other than Prince Castian, her most infuriating and intriguing enemy. They’re united by a lofty goal: find the fabled Knife of Memory, kill the ruthless King Fernando, and bring peace to the nation. Together, Ren and Castian have a chance to save everything, if only they can set aside their complex and intense feelings for each other.

With the king’s forces on their heels at every turn, their quest across Puerto Leones and beyond leaves little room for mistakes. But the greatest danger is within Ren-the Gray, her fortress of stolen memories, has begun to crumble, threatening her grip on reality. She’ll have to control her magics-and her mind-to unlock her power and protect the Moria people once and for all.

The most wanted rebel returns in Zoraida Córdova’s gripping conclusion to the Hollow Crown duology.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Hodderscape.
Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

“Worst of all is that there is a small part of me, like the first drop of water signalling a storm, that is glad I’m not alone.”

This is one of the most under-rated YA duologies and deserves so much more love. Illusionary begins two weeks after the events of Incendiary and had me invested from the very first page. The relationship between Ren and Castian was beautifully developed and felt so authentic. The world-building is expanded even further and the reader is introduced to new characters and settings that combine to create a richly detailed and layered story. 

“What if – what if the next time a memory is sparked, I’m lost in that moment forever?”

Ren’s journey was my favourite aspect of this book as she learns to harness her powers and begin to process her trauma. She is a brilliantly complex character and one I’ll miss reading about. I’m so grateful we were given an epilogue learning about how the characters fared – it was satisfying and rewarding. I knocked off half a star because one aspect of the ending seemed a bit too neat but otherwise I loved every page of this beautifully crafted fantasy. 

“I channel the rage that is always beneath my skin. It is a living thing that slumbers, something that I have always hated, but in this moment I know it is all I have against them.”

P.S. sorry for the shorter than usual review but I’ve been unwell this week.

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