Number of pages: 265
Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1
Rating (out of five stars): 1
Release date: January 23rd 2017
*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for a review. My opinions are honest and my own.
I’ve become incredibly sceptical of ARCs, especially fantasy ones. With Heir of Illaria, the synopsis is so incredibly vague that I had no idea what to expect, but I knew by the end of chapter 1 it wasn’t going to be good.
The author really didn’t leave enough time for things to happen. One chapter would end with Wilona incredibly angry with the love interest (whose name escapes me), and the next would start with them making out. Another chapter would end with them deciding they need a plan, and the next would start with the plan being put into action. It also wasn’t as if weeks went by off the page. The next chapter would often be set on the same/ following day.
The characters were all one dimensional. I feel like the author built Wilona’s character around the line “I don’t want to rule”, but didn’t go much further than that. The other characters weren’t very distinct either, as evident by the fact that I can no longer remember any of their names.
The plot is your basic YA fantasy plot: girl living in poverty learns she’s the super special heir to the throne/ saviour of the world. There’s absolutely nothing new here. The Necromancer King aspect could have been interesting, but he really wasn’t a big part of the book.
The dialogue was so stilted and strange it felt like the author had never had a conversation with another person. The book had an extraordinary amount of dialogue as well, so it was a rather important aspect of the book.
Overall, Heir of Illaria wasn’t anything new or near good enough to make me forget it wasn’t anything new, earning it 1 star out of 5.