{ARC} Book Review: Empire of Shadows by Miriam Forster

October 29, 2015 Review 0 ★★

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

{ARC} Book Review: Empire of Shadows by Miriam ForsterEmpire of Shadows by Miriam Forster
Series: Bhinian Empire #2
Published by HarperTeen on 2014 November 4
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 496
Format: E-book {ARC}
Source: Edelweiss
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Cast out of her family three years ago, Mara turned to the only place that would take her—a school where students train to protect others. But Mara is stunned when guarding a noble girl in the Empire’s capital turns out to be more dangerous than she could’ve imagined. More shocking still, she finds the boy she thought she had lost forever outside the gates of her new home.

Mara knew her life in the dizzying Imperial city would hold dangers. How could she have known that her heart, as well as her life, would be at stake?

Empire of Shadows will take readers on a spellbinding journey into the world Miriam Forster first introduced in City of a Thousand Dolls—a world with a divided society, deadly courtiers, heroic traitors, and deeply laid conspiracies.

I love the cover. That’s the only positive thing that I can think of about Empire of Shadows.  Although it’s already the second book of the Bhinian Empire Series, it’s actually a prequel of book 1, A City of A Thousand Dolls.  It tells the story of Mara and Emil Arvi, the deceased parents of our protagonist in book 1, Nisha Arvi.  While I don’t have any issues with that, I still can’t understand why it was necessary for this book to exist other than vex the readers maybe or milk the cow some more.

Book 1 was already crystal clear and the readers can already use their imagination as to what happened before Nisha’s time.  Empire of Shadows didn’t offer anything interesting or new unless you count instalove and haphazardly woven plot as interesting.  And the main characters, let me just tell you that I didn’t care about them in a City of a Thousand Dolls.  In Empire of Shadows, that feeling just increased three-fold. Mara and Emil Arvi are one of the worst parents a child could have.  Their lives are in danger (but the book didn’t really convince me that they are important enough to be in such situation) so they abandoned their child to a non-relative only for that child to be raised in a place abound with political feuds and conspiracies.   The very place that actually endangered the lives of Mara and Emil.  Why?

And there’s the romance that didn’t make sense at all. They only met twice (first was only for a few minutes and the second time was for a few hours) and the third meeting, they’re already dying to spout declarations of love and I-cant-do-this-without-you stuff.

I understand what the author is trying to do here but this book just failed to deliver. A City of a Thousand Dolls was more grounded and has a more interesting plot.  I could relate to Nisha and her struggles. But with Empire of Shadows, there’s only detachment.

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