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Crier's War by [Nina Varela]

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Crier’s War is a beautiful poem of a book. Fans of both fantasy and sci-fi: this book is for you.” -- Tara Sim, Author of the Timekeeper Trilogy

“Dizzying political machinations intertwine with a burgeoning romance. The plot zooms ahead with nail-biting tension. A fresh, suspenseful take on the robot apocalypse.” -- Kirkus Reviews

“Rife with mystery, romantic tension, and political intrigue, Varela’s debut novel is perfect for readers craving queer fantasy with dense world building.” -- Booklist

“A lush #OwnVoices fantasy debut with science fiction elements and LGBTQIA+ representation, perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass.” -- School Library Journal

“Masterful storytelling, woven with gorgeous poetic prose. You can’t help but be lured into this vividly imagined world. As heart-wrenching as it is unforgettable.” -- Erin Summerill, author of the Clash of Kingdoms trilogy

"Captivating political machinations among intricately linked characters create a suspenseful read with particular appeal to fans of queer romance." -- Publishers Weekly

“This interesting mesh of sci-fi and fantasy situates androids within court intrigue, enhanced with a steamy, well-paced lesbian romance that will make readers impatient to nab the next novel.” -- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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After the War of Kinds ravaged the kingdom of Rabu, the Automae, designed to be the playthings of royals, took over the estates of their owners and bent the human race to their will.

Now Ayla, a human servant rising in the ranks at the house of the sovereign, dreams of avenging the death of her family . . . by killing the sovereign’s daughter, Lady Crier. Crier, who was Made to be beautiful, to be flawless. And to take over the work of her father.

Crier had been preparing to do just that—to inherit her father’s rule over the land. But that was before she was betrothed to Scyre Kinok, who seems to have a thousand secrets. That was before she discovered her father isn’t as benevolent as she thought. That was before she met Ayla.

Set in a richly imagined fantasy world, Nina Varela’s debut novel is a sweepingly romantic tale of love, loss, and revenge that grapples with what it really means to be human.

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07MDRY4XK
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Quill Tree Books; Reprint edition (1 October 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 5968 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 434 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 975 ratings

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Reviewed in India on 3 October 2019
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average read
By Reading_Tam_Ishly on 3 October 2019
The romance didn't burn me.
The intensity of the whole revenge/war/hatred/love was so lacking even though everything was there all along.

And what I dearly missed was any kind of humour in the writing.

The world system is pretty simple. The moment you open up the book, you will just get into it. The characters have been developed good, their introductions fairly well done with different, unique auras of their own. I would like the say the first half of the book has been written pretty well. It's past paced, the required information has been delivered to you at the right place and at the right time. The roles of different characters have been represented very well. However, as much as the characters are there alive and plotting, they lacked charisma which they are supposed to be represented as.

I feel like the secondary characters come out much stronger. I like the character of Rowan (the one who took in Ayla, the one of our main protagonists, the human) which I feel is the character who is most represented well. And as much as Benjy's character is meant to be represented somewhat secondary but as someone closest to Ayla, his character leaves a big impact.
Coming to the other main protagonist, Crier the Automa, her character comes out to be a bit like someone who is not needed as much as she is supposed to be the main character. The character of her father/creator, Hesod, is developed so well as well as of her finance, Kinok. And if these (scoff!) villain characters were given more importance in their description and more important parts, there's a high chance of me getting invested in them more than the other protagonists.

Actually, I was more excited with their entrance in between during the entire read and it's sad to say I wasn't much interested in the relationship or whatever that was going on in between Ayla and Crier in the second half of the book.

What I feel was lacking in Ayla's character:
I can understand the issues she has been dealing with since her childhood days and the hardships she has faced. But the aloofness till the end even with Crier when they are supposed to be lovers. And it feels like she will always have trust issues. I can understand that too. But then what's the point of not trusting someone you love.
I mean why cannot she be tender and soft and caring towards Crier like she does with Benjy. I can understand this too. But ugh, my romantic heart just cannot accept this kind of aloof relationship.

And Crier. What have you done to her, dear author? I have no problem with her character as she is unique of her own. But she doesn't come out as unique or someone I can relate to from any angle. She is neither soft, nor strong; neither rebellious, nor confused; neither too attentive, nor too aloof. This is the character I wanted to be most interested in. But this character turned out to be the one I was least interested in.
I won't go into details how Crier is different from the rest of the Automa.

The love scenes were so out of context and haphazardly put just in between. And yes, it was kind of slow burn romance but I wasn't burning. I so wanted to. But ahem, it didn't deliver.

The plot. It ticked, but it doesn't blow up. The plot need not have much to do actually. It much dwells on how to keep the Automa alive in the long run and to safeguard the material to keep them alive.

As much as I wanted to read about the clashing themes of humans versus the automa, emotions versus emotion-like, rebellion versus truce, lgbt issue being represented well and good, hatred versus love, action versus romance I feel they are lacking somehow.

It's supposed to be enemies to lovers trobe. But the enemies part is missing as a whole. And for the lovers part, I don't know what they are doing. Hot and Cold by Katy Perry maybe?
And it becomes so clichè towards the end that I just cannot stand Ayla and Crier in the same scene.
And the ending does not leave me wanting for more. It doesn't leave me hanging on a straw or on my bed whatsoever.

Argh! The strong characters just ghosted like that.

I do feel the 'flawed' part of Crier never came out at all. I was waiting till the last chapter to see a bit of it. And damn Ayla, she must be the Automa instead.
In the end, I felt like the whole book is about Ayla. And it must have been titled ''Ayla's War'' instead.

I don't know if I would pick up the next book in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So brilliant my cats wanted to read it
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 May 2021
This was a brilliant read. It's definitely character driven in the first half and them moves more into being plot driven. Usually, I find character driven stories somewhat boring unless they are written exceptionally well. This was written very well indeed, Varela's prose is almost lyric and it stands out as a character of its own in this novel. I was intrigued by the characters and their interactions. The dialogue, while simple, was perfect. It fit the characters like a second skin. I stayed up late into the night reading simply for the pleasure of the words and how Varela carved unique descriptions with them. I could feel the emotions as they poured off the page. I cared about the characters and I was with them through their journey. I am excited for the 2nd book in the series and would recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy adventure with two women as main characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 March 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic F/F fantasy novel!
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Nina Varela was born in New Orleans and raised on a hippie commune in Durham, North Carolina, where she spent most of her childhood running barefoot through the woods. These days, Nina lives in Los Angeles with her tiny, ill-behaved dog. She tends to write stories about weird magick, girls in love, and young people toppling monarchies. You can find Nina at any given coffee shop in the greater Los Angeles area, or at

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