I loved Victoria Aveyard’s previous series, Red Queen, and have been eagerly awaiting her latest fantasy series. This book was published in May 2021 and I kept putting off reading it, but figured it was finally time to jump in and give this a try!
Title: Realm Breaker
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Realm Breaker #1
Going into this, you should know its a high fantasy which obviously means its long. Almost 600 pages or 17 hours of audio. (Even on 2x+ speed which I listen, that’s still a long book!) I thought I was in the mood for a fantasy, but maybe I wasn’t. Because this book wasn’t for me, and I’m so sad about it.
This book was THICC and LONG and I honestly couldn’t tell you much of what happened.
Because not much happened.
This is like Fellowship of the Ring where they journey across lands for the ENTIRE BOOK and then it ends.
Victoria Aveyard’s writing is stunning, no doubt about it, but this does not feel like a young adult book with how heavy it is with world building and how many characters we get introduced to. This would be amazing to watch as a tv show, I can visualize everything so clearly….and yet, I don’t want to read about it. You can easily see how she studied screen writing when you read her works.
The characters in this book are likable, but we only get to know the minimum about each of them due to how many characters we are introduced to. I love the world and thought it was built up beautifully, and each character and their appearance is described in vivid details.
Now, I loved Red Queen. Adored it! One of my all time favorites! But this series just feels so much more intense and heavy. I can see how people loved it. I can see how people hated it. I’m giving this 2.5 stars, rounded up to 3 stars because this book is good – its just not right for me. This gave me strong The Witcher (Netflix show, I haven’t read those books) vibes – and I mean that in a good way.
I listened to this as an audiobook and with how many characters and POV’s we have, this audiobook would have strongly benefited from having multiple narrators for the various POV’s we get throughout this book. I think that would’ve helped break it up and give each character their own voice – literally. Because listening to this, they all blended together…. so no, I do not recommend this as an audiobook.
Will I read the next book? As of now, no, I don’t think I will be. I’m not going to remember ANYTHING by the time book 2 comes out. I barely remember anything hours after finishing it.
This is a good book – for the right audience. And sadly that just wasn’t me right now.
As mentioned above, I would not recommend this as an audiobook. With a big fantasy world such as this, I think the reader would greatly benefit from reading the words rather than listening to them. Don’t ask me how to spell anything – but I can pronounced all the names/places/things in this book with ease. I started reading and listening but quickly switched to listening only due to my schedule, and I wish I read the physical book instead.
If you’re looking for a well written intense fantasy world to get lost in, this is the story for you! While this didn’t work well for me, it was very well written and I think will work well for a lot of people. Don’t expect too much to be resolved in this first book of a trilogy – this is simply setting up the world/plot/characters. I expect book 2 to be much more in depth with a plot line.
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When I saw the prologue was an hour long… I knew it was going to be something. I ended up DNF but I’m glad you pushed through! Sorry it didn’t work for you either.
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Yeahhhh that prologue was an intense start! I don’t blame you for DNF-ing – I considered it but wanted to push through (even though it was SO LONG) but yeah, I’m sad it didn’t work for me either 😦 Ah well, not every book can be a winner!
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