Beneath the Citadel

480p. Abrams/Amulet. Oct. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781419731464.
OrangeReviewStarGr 10 Up—In the city of Eldra, the Chancellor rules the city by using the prophecies from the elder seers, but Cassa believes fate isn't set in stone for anyone. With her friends, Cassa leads them all into the Citadel to overthrow the corrupt Chancellor and his councilors. Beneath the citadel, secrets linger beyond the catacombs, and the friends who wanted to rid the city of corruption find themselves questioning their own sins as the fate of Eldra hangs in balance. Readers will witness these characters' growth through their third-person point of view, and may notice the parallels to modern-day life in this fantasy world. Although the time line of the story becomes muddled at points, the dynamics of friendship, nuanced LGBTQIA+ characters, and political story lines will encourage readers to read to the very end.
VERDICT Soria's stand-alone fantasy novel will resonate with fans of Mackenzi Lee's The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue and Veronica Roth's "Divergent" series.

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