Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard – REVIEW

A strange darkness grows in Allward.

Even Corayne an-Amarat can feel it, tucked away in her small town at the edge of the sea.

She soon discovers the truth: She is the last of an ancient lineage—and the last hope to save the world from destruction. But she won’t be alone. Even as darkness falls, she is joined by a band of unlikely companions:

A squire, forced to choose between home and honor.
An immortal, avenging a broken promise.
An assassin, exiled and bloodthirsty.
An ancient sorceress, whose riddles hide an eerie foresight.
A forger with a secret past.
A bounty hunter with a score to settle.

Together they stand against a vicious opponent, invincible and determined to burn all kingdoms to ash, and an army unlike anything the realm has ever witnessed.

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

““Boys do stupid things to feel like men, no matter how old they are.”

This was my first Victoria Aveyard book and, overall, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It felt like your classic quest story with a ragtag band trying to save the world. We have a cinnamon-roll squire, a grumpy immortal, a restless pirate’s daughter, an outcast assassin, a baffling witch, a hapless forger, and a ruthless bounty hunter. I loved their group dynamic and felt they all worked well together, sparking off each other and creating some fantastic dialogue.

“Only men can speak all day long and still think themselves silent.” 

The story is an epic fantasy and the author points to Tolkien as her inspiration. However, it has the added spice of pirates, sea monsters, and a villain romance. The world-building is extensive and the info-dumping in the prologue takes a fair while to understand. It’s a chunky book but nothing feels superfluous and it keeps the reader engaged throughout with more than one plot twist you won’t see coming. Book one closes with the scene set for the next adventure. I’m looking forward to seeing where the story goes next and will definitely read the sequel.

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2 Comments

  1. Jules_Writes

    29 June 2021 at 3:26 PM

    I’m looking forward to this one – when I get round to it! fab review.

  2. chelsea @ your bookish friend

    29 June 2021 at 10:28 PM

    great review! i’m glad you enjoyed this one.

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