Hello Gemmies! I have an exciting book review to share with you today. Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova is the first book in the Hollow Crown Series. This is a wonderful new epic fantasy set in 15th century Spain during the Inquisition. I need to start with the world building because it is just phenomenal! Zoraida Cordova has created an incredibly detailed, lush, rich world with a complex magical system. We are introduced to an oppressed race of people called The Moira, who have different magical abilities. The Moira are hunted by an evil Monarch for their abilities. This magical system is enchanting and totally unique. I loved learning about the different types of abilities and hope they will be explored more in future books.
Incendiary is not just full of heart stopping action, intrigue, love, and betrayal, but It is also an extremely well written character driven story. Renata Convida (Ren) is our main protagonist and a Moira. I mentioned each Moira has a specific magical ability and Ren has the rarest gift of all; the ability to read and steal memories. I found Ren to be complex and relatable as she struggles to remember her past and discover who she will be going forward. I found her self doubt to be frustrating at times, but if i'm being honest I would probably react the exact same way if I were in her shoes. There are so many plot twists and gut punches, this story left me breathless throughout.
If you are a fan of intricate epic fantasies, love, espionage, magic, betrayal, complicated relationships, and action galore then go read this book! This gem published by Disney-Hyperion is available for purchase from all major booksellers. I give Incendiary 4 out of 5 gems. I cannot wait to read more stories set in this universe. Happy Reading!