Beneath The Citadel by Destiny Soria

Here’s the deal I am willing to make. Your lives in exchange for one task. There is a monster beneath the citadel. I need you to kill it.”

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Eldra is a city that has been dictated by prophecies since it’s establishment, prophecies that often dictate life and death for it’s people. Rebellion was foretold within it’s city walls and the council quickly stamped out the fire it brought with it, but it never crushed it’s spirit. Evander, Newt, Alys & Cassa are four teens whose lives have been irrevocably changed by the council in different ways and the only way to end their tyrannical rule, may be to help the only thing keeping them in power. To defend their lives, their friendships, and their honor they’ll risk their lives again and again to face the darkness.

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Full of betrayal, action, and mystery, Beneath The Citadel will have you reading with the light on to push away the sometimes claustrophobic passages as this small band of rebels dives deeper and deeper into the citadel’s sinister past. Who do you turn to when the monster under your bed knows your darkest fears? Click the picture to go to Goodreads

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I received this book through Netgalley as a Digital Review Copy. This in no way sways my opinions about it’s contents.

My thoughts:

I am a big fan of Ms. Destiny Soria, my first encounter with her was through Iron Cast which was one of the very first book reviews that I wrote. Soria is a very character driven writer so if you’re more of a reader that focuses on the plot you may find yourself struggling to get through the story, not that this story doesn’t have enough action. I couldn’t put it down once I started it because I was so interested in what was happening in Eldra that I kept saying “okay just one more chapter” and then reading like 10 more. The relationships between the characters definitely made the book more intense for me because these relationships were forged from loyalty and love. The premise of the book is that Eldra, a city that has a council appointed is essentially run by prophecy and if you’re found to be going against the council then it spells bad luck for you. The people within it’s walls have suddenly started collapsing with no warning and wake up as a shell of their former selves with their memories gone, it just so happens that the executioner deals in taking people’s memories, and this same executioner is employed by the council. This fact doesn’t sit well with the four rebels and they decide to infiltrate the Citadel to expose the truth and find themselves locked up. When their plans are foiled The Chancellor approaches them with a deal.

The rebellion is over, you aren’t firebrands; you’re just children playing with Fire. You can all go to your deaths- a wasteful end to your wasted lives- or you can listen to my proposition.”

After pretty much being forced into this with the threat of death the band of friends have a difficult decision to make because none of them know who to trust and none of it is making sense, it seems as if there’s no end in sight but the execution block, but one thing is for sure, the council is not as strong as it seems to be. This journey does not come without it’s difficulties and at times despair seemed to be the theme of the novel but I really couldn’t blame them especially when you’re being ruled by a council that has seers (foretell prophecies), diviners (warn the council of rebellion), sentients (hired to find dissenters) and rooks (devour memories)

“What was the point of everything they had done if their fates were already foretold?”

This book is full of LGBT rep which I absolutely loved. Alys is an asexual who has had romantic queer relationships, Newt is gay, Evander is bisexual, and Cassa is heterosexual. There are strong female leads and it shows men having emotions. It brings light to anxiety disorders which is important because it affected the characters in different ways just like anxiety manifests differently for all of us! You can really feel the difference in characters from Newt’s quiet demeanor, Alys’s intelligence that is often overshadowed by her panic attacks that she refers to as maelstroms, Cassa’s stubborn and determined personality, and Evander’s over confident but caring attributes. The relationships made the book for me 100% and their determination in the face of the darkness.

“They take whatever they want without consequence. They always have but this time we can do something. For the first time, we can take something back.”

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Wrap up:

All in all I found this novel to be intriguing, action packed and attention capturing, it was easy to read and there wasn’t really a lull for me. The plot wasn’t confusing at all but you do have read through the book to have the plot revealed which seems to be the style that this particular author prefers. I will always be a fan of Destiny Soria and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to read her new book, it totally exceeded all of my expectations. We could all learn something from these characters, and what. an. ending. I did not see it coming. I rated it 4.1/5 🌟

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I ask that you remember that Eldra was here long before any of us were born, and it will be here long after all of us are gone. I take comfort in this knowledge, and I hope you will too.”

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Until next time!

5 thoughts on “Beneath The Citadel by Destiny Soria”

  1. Fab review! I’m actually in love with this plot and the fact there’s some anxiety rep is a major thumbs up from me. I live for character driven books. The plot can be amazing but if the characters aren’t interesting or aren’t developed enough then it can ruin whatever amazing plot the author can give, but if there’s a weak plot then a strong character can more than make up for it. Characters are so, so important. I have a feeling I’m going to love these characters. I’m definitely adding it to my TBR!


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