By: Anna Banks
Release Date: October 4th 2016
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Format: Print ARC
Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king’s servitude.
Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But Mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.
Sepora’s gift may be able to save Tarik’s kingdom. But should she risk exposing herself and her growing feelings for her nemesis?
I’ve got to admit- I was a tad hesitant to read Nemesis due to the cover. I try not to judge a book by it’s cover but that’s nearly impossible. For some reason the cover does not appeal to me in the slightest. I dove in regardless and found I really enjoyed this book! I don’t really think the title or the cover are the best for the story.
This book was a great fantasy novel and even has a dragon like creature! The story was told from two point of views, one in first person the other in third. I felt this was done very well and was a great way to reveal the story.
We see Sepora’s story from the first person perspective which gave us insight into her thoughts. She was an incredibly bold and brave character that was easy to relate to. I enjoyed her personal journey and though I could forsee certain story aspects before they were revealed the character journey was more than intriguing. This character went through SO much it was really incredible how strong she was and how she was able to focus on her main goal. I felt her motives were really easy to understand.
The other character was Tarik. His story was told from third person and this really did lend itself well for the storyline. He was so likeable to me. He might just be my favorite character in the story. I got a bit of a Jasmine (from Disney’s Aladdin) vibe from him, haha. He was a Prince and inherited a broken kingdom. Even though he had such privilege he never lost touch with his citizens and he even left his palace in disguise to see the people living under his reign. His kingdom had a very ancient Egypt feel and I loved the descriptions of the clothing and world. He also had a giant cat (just like Jasmine!)
I imagine it’ll come as no surprise but these two character’s stories intersect and because their kingdoms are enemies and at war this causes the characters much internal strife. Especially for Sepora- she has to deal with the idea of betraying her kingdom but for a common good for the people. The chemistry between these two characters was electric and I adored their scenes together. I think this really helped me love the novel and want to continually have this book in my hands.
As with most fantasy novels the world was complex but I felt that Banks handled revealing things very well. It rarely felt confusing for me even though there were multiple kingdoms, names and a new magic system to learn about. For some readers that aren’t huge fantasy fans the beginning of the book might be a bit heavy in world building but hang in there! It’ll all become clearer. I was continually intrigued by this world and am excited to learn more in the next book.
This leads me to the ending of Nemesis. It was evil! It just ended- I kept flipping pages wondering where the rest of the story was. It literally just ended and I was not ready.
I was really surprised with how well done Nemesis was. This was my first book to read by the author and I was really impressed. I loved the characters and the world and can’t wait for the next book to help the pain of the book ending so abruptly.