Crier’s War by Nina Varela/A Review

Thank you to Wunderkind PR for providing me a complimentary copy of Crier’s War!

Crier’s War by Nina Varela
Genre: YA Fantasy
Length: 429 Pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Acquired from Wunderkind PR
Release Date: October 1, 2019

After the War of Kinds ravaged the kingdom of Rabu, the Automae, designed to be the playthings of royals, usurped their owners’ estates and bent the human race to their will.
Now Ayla, a human servant rising in the ranks at the House of the Sovereign, dreams of avenging her family’s death…by killing the sovereign’s daughter, Lady Crier.
Crier was Made to be beautiful, flawless, and to carry on her father’s legacy. But that was before her betrothal to the enigmatic Scyre Kinok, before she discovered her father isn’t the benevolent king she once admired, and most importantly, before she met Ayla.
Now, with growing human unrest across the land, pressures from a foreign queen, and an evil new leader on the rise, Crier and Ayla find there may be only one path to love: war.

My Thoughts:

When I began reading ‘Crier’s War’, I was expecting a standard ‘humans-against-androids’ tale. What I encountered was sooo much more! The world-building drew me in immediately. There is a timeline before the story begins, detailing the start of the Automatons, along with the humans that played a pivotal role in their shaky co-existence/unrest. I really appreciated this, since it sets the scene in how the main characters in the story would behave!

All of the characters in this story were written so beautifully. I actively sensed the conflicted tension Ayla and Crier experiences as their interactions increase. Both girls’ perspective about the world surrounding them changes. Crier increasingly becomes aware of the political turmoil surrounding Automae and Human relationships, and Ayla (upon being confronted with some truths) begins to see the lengths some will go to ease tensions.

Ayla and Crier also become wrapped up in their own attractions, made even more complicated by their own biases towards each other. I enjoyed reading the gradual trust the girls gain towards one another…only to have events change dramatically. Risky secrets and shocking revelations build up to quite a cliffhanger!

Crier’s War is such a good story. It’s a huge page turner, keeping my attention to the very end!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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