House of Bastiion Review

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About the Book

Centuries after the Forgotten Wars ravaged the world and turned it to ash, the Houses of Pilar, Darakai, Boreal, and Bastiion forged an accord with the royal line of Thoarne, founding a Quadren of advisory to the throne of Orynthia. Every generation, a single Haidren from each of the four Houses is appointed to this coveted chair.

Upon her Ascension to adulthood, Luscia Tiergan takes her seat at court as al’Haidren to the House of Boreal and is quickly drawn into a maze of political traps and dark secrets. As she adjusts to her new life, Luscia uncovers a pattern of forgotten children, slain in the streets of Bastiion.

Raised on superstitious rumors about Boreal’s penchant for sorcery, Zaethan Kasim, al’Haidren to the House of Darakai, inevitably clashes with Lusica when she arrives in Bastiion. But when his position is threatened by an old rival, Zaethan is forced to set aside his hatred and form an uneasy alliance with the Boreali al’Haidren to secure his claim.

Following a disturbing stream of innocent bloodshed across Orynthia, Luscia and Zaethan discover their ideals are far more aligned than they might have imagined. But in a land of war and deceit, the path to peace should never be trusted.  

Review

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Ok, for a while I was avoiding all court/political intrigue YA novels. Why? Because I over-read the heck out of them. BUT, I’m back and ready to devour this… genre?… again! I read a few last year and I’m thinking that this year my reading resolution needs to be to get these types of books back into rotation. And let me tell you, House of Bastiion was the PERFECT start to my 2021 reading resolution!

Now, you know I have to talk about it, but the worldbuilding in this books was just absolute perfection. I grew up on Tolkien and that of course led to my obsession with NEEDING to know everything about the worlds I’m reading about. So I appreciate how much we were expertly given so much information woven in with the story. And with a story with so much political intrigue you kind of need that worldbuilding for everything to make sense and fit together.

So yeah, in case you can’t tell: this book is good. And well worth the read. Like seriously, go read it. Binge it. Devour it. And take your mind off of all of the crazy things that seem to keep popping up.

About the Author

K.L. Kolarich is a debut New-Adult Fantasy Fiction author, based out of Nashville, TN. An individual plagued by sarcasm, conviction, and an ever-present distraction of fable and lore, K.L. Kolarich dreams in the day and writes through the night. With too many cats and not enough wine, Kolarich resides in the woods away from the noise, happily married.

*I received a digital arc in exchange for an honest review*