A sweeping fantasy about four teens and a fateful prophecy from the acclaimed author of Iron Cast In the city of Eldra, people are ruled by ancient prophecies. For centuries, the high council has stayed in power by virtue of the prophecies of the elder seers. After the last infallible prophecy came to pass, growing unrest led to murders and an eventual rebellion that raged for more than a decade. In the present day, Cassa, the orphaned daughter of rebels, is determined to fight back against the high council, which governs Eldra from behind the walls of the citadel. Her only allies are no‑nonsense Alys, easygoing Evander, and perpetually underestimated Newt, and Cassa struggles to come to terms with the legacy of rebellion her dead parents have left her—and the fear that she may be inadequate to shoulder the burden. But by the time Cassa and her friends uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, it may be too late to save the city—or themselves.
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.60(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Destiny Soria lives and works in the shadow of the mighty Vulcan statue in Birmingham, Alabama. Destiny’s first book, Iron Cast, was published in 2016 to critical acclaim.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
An exciting novel, Beneath the Citadel follows a young cast of characters as they rebel against the government for a change in the institution. It's incredibly riveting and has such a strong powerful and energetic opening that introduced the reader to the world of the characters. What's great about the opening is how focused it is in capturing the individual attitudes of the characters. They are relatable and different while having such a dynamic chemistry with one another that allows them to sync together. Each character is vibrant in their own way, whether it be their rebelliousness or their seriousness. These characters are what make the novel compelling because again and again they are given the short end of the stick but they rise to the occasion. They use the fact that they are being used as pawns by multiple people to give themselves the edge and turn it to their advantage. They are the kind of unlikely heroes that young readers love to read about because they are snarky and because they take what they get and turn it to their whims. There is also the fact that the characters grow together. They are very different than they were at the beginning of the novel, rising to the occasion and making change where they can. These characters grow through their flaws and through their differences that force them to occasionally butt heads with one another. That's real friendship and why it resonates so strongly with the reader, pulling them into the narrative and making the reader care about what happens to the characters. As for the story, after the opening segment, the story slows down drastically. It focuses on world building and history and while the history parts of the novel are interesting, allowing for a break in the overall narrative, everything around them could have been condensed just a tad. This is a novel that installs small chapters of the characters and their history into the story to give the reader something to base their history off of. Those segments are short and sweet and don't take away from the novel. But the rest of the story, the rising tension, it lags to much as it tries to play off the characters. The pace slows down for about a quarter of the book until the tension and pace pick up again, forcing the tension to take over the story. The pace eventually quickens, of that there is no doubt, forcing the story to take unpredictable and compelling turns. Beneath the Citadel is, ultimately, an unpredictable read. Some of the world building and the narrative does slow down the pace but the compelling characters and twists and turns make the story well worth the read.
I was really looking forward to reading this book. I was first drawn to it by the cover and then the premise of the book. There are about four/five main characters. Yet, I could not form a strong human connection to any of them. Thus, when this happens it makes for hard reading. Yet, the story and where it was going had some intrigue. This is why I kept reading until I got to the half way mark. Be this point, I was over the story and didn't want to continue on the journey.
I enjoyed reading this book. The story was good, the characters were interesting and the pace was steady. The ending kind of dragged on but not so bad that I didn't want to finish it. There were elements of the story that would have been great to have more insight about. Overall though, the story was interesting and had compelling characters.
3.5/5 Stars I have a lot of thoughts about Beneath the Citadel, mostly positive with some critiques. First I have to mention the diversity. Among the 6 POVS, three of them are characters of color. Then there's bisexual, asexual, and gay representation as well for 3 of the POV characters. Each of them were so fleshed out as well though. I also enjoyed the anxiety and panic disorder representation that was shown as well and I found that aspect to be handled well. The main cast in general, are all fleshed out with complex characterizations and motives. Although I think 6 POVs may have been too much to follow, with the voices sometimes sounding similar to other voices and becoming muddled at points. The world-building was another strong point for me while reading this. The world created was so unique and fleshed out. The concepts that made the world are so imaginative. I could read more about a world like this. The main thing I didn't like were the flashbacks which I felt slowed down the fast pacing that novel had going for it, for the most part. Overall, I do highly recommend this if you want to read a book with a fantastically diverse cast and unique setting and magic system. Definitely keeping Destiny Soria on my list of authors look out for in the future!
Beneath the Citadel is a standalone young adult fantasy which at its heart challenges the notion of destiny and predetermination. The city of Eldra has been ruled for centuries by the High Council, which maintains its power through prophecy. It's been four years since the rebellion was quelled, but there's a ragtag group of friends determined to fight back against the council so that the all the lives lost meant something. This is a difficult review for me to write. While I enjoyed the overall plot and found it to be unique, the writing style didn't really work for me and I personally found the execution to be lacking. It is worth it to note that I buddy read this with Melanie, who loved it, and at the time of writing there is an average rating of 4.05 on Goodreads. While this book didn't hit the spot for me, I do recommend this book! So without further adieu, let's hop into the review! I was blown away by the opening chapter and Soria managed to draw me in immediately with the first paragraph. In four lines she was able to set the stage: the political ceremony, who the players were, and the foreboding future. Who are these four traitors and what is their crime? To answer the latter question let's use the words of Cassa herself: "Why would I deny successfully infiltrating the Central Keep with nothing but some barrels and a pry bar? I'm really quite proud of myself." I love ragtag groups out to right a wrong, and this group of characters is precious. I really appreciated learning about their pasts as well as their histories with one another and what side their parents landed on during the rebellion. There are a lot of levels to each of these relationships and Soria did a good job creating and developing these characters. There are a total of six perspectives in this book . SIX. While I actually enjoyed each of the characters a lot and found each of them to be complex, the crux of my struggles with the narrative is the juggling of these perspectives. The constant shifting of perspective, often times creating mini-cliffhangers at chapter breaks, made it difficult for me to stay engaged in the overall plot and I actually found myself caring less as the story progressed. Coupled with the narrative choice of telling rather than showing, reading the book felt repetitious because the same information was constantly being revisited in each of the six POVs. I found myself bored and wanting to skip ahead to see what new things would happen next. The POVs were actually all written in a third person voice, and I wonder if we had an omniscient narrator would have been more successful. We all know that I adore worldbuilding, especially religion, and I am happy to say that this is truly where Soria shines! The world is vast and I really feel like I understood the way religion and prophecy was used in this world to exert and maintain power (and how that power corrupted over time). I also really loved the magic system(s) and found it so interesting! I did find the plot to be a bit predictable and frustrating at times, Cassa's singular goal of revenge really bothered me, and it is like reading the naivete of teenagers that know better and then are shocked when what they suspected winds up being true. Overall, while I didn't enjoy the writing style and execution, Beneath the Citadel is a creative standalone fantasy with excellent LGBTQIAP+, overweight, and anxiety rep. This just wasn't the book for me but I definitely recommend it to others.