Number of pages: 480
Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1
Rating (out of five stars): 4
Release Date: October 9th, 2018
*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for a review. My opinions are honest and my own.
I made a deal with myself that I wouldn’t request books on a whim on Netgalley anymore. I was only going to request stuff I was really interested in because I had bad luck with books I requested solely because I was curious. And that strategy has been working out really well for me. My ARC ratings have been much higher this year than they were last year. The thing is that I requested Beneath the Citadel on a whim, and it actually worked out really well for me.
The world in this book is really interesting, and I think the author did a really good job with the world-building. The powers people can possess in this world and where those powers came from was explained well, and the government system made sense. I also think the religion in the book was well explained. The religion played a role in the story, so it was nice to see everything make sense.
I really liked our main cast of characters. They will never be my favourite cast of morally gray characters, but they all had really distinct voices. The characters having distinct voices is super important to me as a person who tends to skip chapter titles, so I was really pleased I was able to tell who’s POV I was reading from without having to go back and check.
I also think the character development was done really well. You could really see how our main cast grew over the course of the story. They all became such complex characters, and it was really interesting to watch them learn and change.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of the writing. I was really invested at the beginning, but I feel like the writing lost its charm along the way. It might have been because of I sort of forgot I was reading it for a while, but I just found the writing very blunt in a way the writing in fantasy books typically isn’t.
Speaking of the writing, I found when the characters used terms that fantasy worlds don’t normally have words for that it took me out of the story. On the one had it was helpful because I can definitively say that Evander is bisexual and Alys is asexual, plus-sized, and has anxiety/panic attacks. On the other hand it was a bit jarring considering all the fantasy books I’ve read are more subtle about it because the world they’re set in doesn’t have the same terms we have.
I also feel like the last couple chapters were unnecessary. The story had ended by that point, and they just showcased where the characters were in the aftermath. I think standalones need to end having wrapped up the story, but I don’t find I need to be able to figure out how the rest of the character’s lives are going to play out.
Overall, I enjoyed Beneath the Citadel, earning it 4 stars out of 5.