The princess didn't expect to fall in love--with her nemesis.
Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king's servitude.
Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.
Sepora's gift could save Tarik's kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?
I don’t even know where to start with this review. I absolutely loved NEMESIS! It was my first Anna Banks book and now I feel like I need to go back and read everything she’s ever written to tide me over until book two, Ally, is released.
I’ll start with the setting. I so loved that the setting is based on ancient Egypt. It was so much fun to read about, and Banks did a great job of describing it in a way that made everything easy to picture. The different races and creatures were awesome and imaginative. The magic of the world was definitely there, but it didn’t overpower other aspect of the story, and it was also unique and described well. I can basically see this whole book as a movie in my head and I love that.
Now, the characters. THE CHARACTERS. Character building is always my favorite part of any book and Nemesis is no exception. I loved these characters! Sepora and Tarik are fantastic leads, with alternating chapters between the two. They each had their own voice and I loved being able to see the thoughts and motivations of both. The banter and humor between characters was also really fun to read.
The story itself was a little slow at moments, but it felt like Nemesis was doing a lot of setting up for the sequel. If that’s the case, then I feel like it was definitely accomplished and I can’t wait to see what’s in store next.
NEMESIS is one of my favorite read of the year so far, there were so many things that I loved about it. I really can’t wait for the sequel, and in the meantime I feel like I need to go find other Anna Banks books and read them ASAP.