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Illusionary – Book Review

Book Title: Illusionary (Hollow Crown #2)
Author: Zoraida Cordova
Genre: Fantasy
Target Audience: Young Adult 
Publication date: May 11th 2021
Format: Kindle


What it’s about

For years, she was wielded as a weapon. Now it’s her time to fight back.

Reeling from betrayal at the hands of the Whispers, Renata has few options and fewer allies. Reluctantly, she agrees to join forces with Prince Castian, her most infuriating and intriguing enemy. Their goals: find the fabled Knife of Memory, kill the ruthless King Fernando, and bring peace to the nation.

Together, Renata and Castian have a chance to save everything, if only they can set aside their complex and intense feelings for each other. Renata’s heart may still beat for Dez, but as the danger of their quest increases, so does her attraction to Castian.

With the king’s forces on their heels at every turn, there is little room for mistakes. A dark, twisted history lies behind the elusive weapon, and the fate of the kingdom is held in the balance. Still, the greatest danger is within Renata – the Gray, her fortress of stolen memories, has begun to crumble, threatening her grip on reality. She’ll have to control her magics, her mind, and her heart to unlock her power and protect the Moria people once and for all.

In this thrilling conclusion to the Hollow Crown duology, Zoraida Córdova weaves an epic finale brimming with adventure, romance, and justice.


About the Author

Zoraida CórdovaZoraida Córdova is the author of many fantasy novels for kids and teens, including the award-winning Brooklyn Brujas series, Incendiary, and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: A Crash of Fate. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, Star Wars The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark, Come on In: 15 Stories About Immigration and Finding Home, and Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft. She is the co-editor of the bestselling anthology Vampires Never Get Old. Her debut middle grade novel is The Way to Rio Luna. She is the co-host of the podcast Deadline City with Dhonielle Clayton. Zoraida was born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, New York. When she isn’t working on her next novel, she’s planning a new adventure.

What I Thought

Thank you, NetGalley for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely loved this book. I sat there and read it in one sitting. I really enjoyed Incendiary once everything got going, I feel this had more to it.

Ren’s character development is so wonderfully done and I was really rooting for her the whole time. Her loves and losses seem more real in this part and I felt for her going through everything she has already with yet another hurdle to go over. Cas is also beautifully written and I was expecting him to be an arsehole but was pleasantly surprised.

This was faster paced than its predecessor and so much happens. I was at 75% wondering how this was going to tie up within the next 25% and after a few twists and turns, we get there.

The only issue I had with this and it’s no fault of the authors is I wish I had reread Incendiary first as I did forgot a few of the things that had happened and I would recommend that for anyone wanting to read this to do a quick reread first.


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