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Ruinsong, by Julia Ember

13 reviews

lapis's review against another edition

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dark emotional hopeful sad medium-paced
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

This was just what the doctor ordered: queer fantasy.

It takes you into a really interesting world, where a revolution occurred some years back, and now the nobility are openly-reviled by the ruler.

There's also a song-magician class of people who are more open to the changing norms. Poly-relationships are referred to, most characters in this book are under the queer umbrella (which is why I don't mind that the villain is queer, because there is so much representation).Β 

There was so much world-building that I'm really hoping for more in this world.Β 

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chrisamongthestars's review against another edition

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dark emotional reflective tense slow-paced
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.0

At least the sapphic romance was handled well.Β 

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caseythereader's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional hopeful sad medium-paced
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

In a world where magic is sung, a powerful mage named Cadence has been forced to torture her country's disgraced nobility at her ruthless queen's bidding. But when she is reunited with her childhood friend, a noblewoman with ties to the underground rebellion, she must finally make a choice: Take a stand to free their country from oppression, or follow in the queen’s footsteps and become a monster herself. πŸ“š
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What I liked:
πŸ“š Queer PHANTOM OF THE OPERA retelling? Yes, please!
πŸ“š I loved the magic system here. I loved the idea of singing to marshal your magic, and that you could tell a lot about the mage by their voice.
πŸ“š Such wonderful imagery, from the beauty of the Queen's stronghold to the horrors of the region where those expelled from the court are sent.
πŸ“š The tension between the protagonists felt real - it wasn't insta-love, but also the barriers they faced weren't just pointless roadblocks. πŸ“š
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What I didn't like:
πŸ“š It's a pretty basic YA dystopia setup. This isn't necessarily a knock on the book, just something to know going in.
πŸ“š I do wish some pieces of the world's history and nuances of the magic system were more detailed - I could tell there was more in the author's brain that didn't make it into the book. πŸ“š
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Content warnings: alcoholism, blood, death, homophobia (mild), physical abuse, torture, violence, and vomit.

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