Title: Chain of Iron
Series: The Last Hours #2
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Published: March 2nd, 2021 (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
This review is one I have been both looking forward to and dreading writing all year. With The Tower of Nero being the last book in the Percy Jackson universe, it’s hard to believe this saga has finally come to an end and I swear, I haven’t felt this upset to say goodbye to a series since I finished Harry Potter.
Anyway, I knew I wanted to post this review on a special day, and what better day than today, my second blogversary! I started blogging as a hobby with no idea of how long I would have the motivation to keep going, but two years later, I’ve only grown more invested in it, and sitting down to write these posts is the part of my day I look forward to the most.
Title: The Tower of Nero
Series: The Trials of Apollo #5
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Mythology
Published: October 6th, 2020 (Disney-Hyperion)
Author: Gita Trelease
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, YA
Published: February 5th, 2019 (Flatiron Books)
Synopsis: Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries—and magicians…
When smallpox kills her parents, Camille Durbonne must find a way to provide for her frail, naive sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on petty magic—la magie ordinaire—Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy the food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille must pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
With dark magic forbidden by her mother, Camille transforms herself into the ‘Baroness de la Fontaine’ and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for la magie. There, she gambles at cards, desperate to have enough to keep herself and her sister safe. Yet the longer she stays at court, the more difficult it becomes to reconcile her resentment of the nobles with the enchantments of Versailles. And when she returns to Paris, Camille meets a handsome young balloonist—who dares her to hope that love and liberty may both be possible.
But la magie has its costs. And when Camille loses control of her secrets, the game she’s playing turns deadly. Then revolution erupts, and she must choose—love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, freedom or magic—before Paris burns…