A plague. A prophecy. A centuries-long curse. All her life, Princess Adalina heard tales of the legendary, immortal warriors known as the Nihryst. Cursed and bound to a deck of tarot cards by her ancestors, the Nihryst were stranded on a remote island nearly a century and a half earlier. Her brother, Prince Shane, is destined to rule the kingdom of Detmarya. Though preparing for this role has encompassed his entire life, control of the kingdom may come sooner than expected due to their father’s sporadic behavior. Discovering the king's plan to set a war in motion with a mass assassination, Ada unwittingly joins a crew of pirates in search of the only beings powerful enough to stop him: the Nihryst. Meanwhile, Shane and a group of underground rebels make a haunting discovery of a plague infecting the streets of Detmarya. With a looming deadline to save multiple kingdoms and thousands of innocent lives, both royal siblings join quests worthy of Ada’s beloved fairy tales.
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I don’t even know where to begin with these characters. As each on appeared, I fell more and more in love. Adalina, Shane, Phillip, Lee, Ren, Breanne… all of them are apart of me now. The interactions with all of the characters were so believable and fit the story perfectly. While a good story and good characters are essential for an amazing story, one typically shines more than the other. In The Lost Legends, both complimented each other outstandingly. The journey they each go on, even though Shane doesn’t leave the castle, really made their development work. I am glad that this was done in a dual point of view because I think it would have hurt the story so much not knowing what was happening back at the castle with Ada at sea. There are so many feelings about these characters and I honestly can’t give too much up without spoiling the story. So take my word for it when I saw you need these characters in your life.
Overall, The Lost Legends by Cait Marie has honestly been my favorite book of the year so far and I have a feeling will remain in my top for the whole year. This book was amazing from start to finish. I loved the direction the plot went and how each situation led into the next. The pacing for this novel was perfect and never left me feeling bored or confused. Each character really brought something to this world and were a perfect fit. I would highly, highly, highly, recommend this book if you like adventure, prophecies, the fight for a kingdom, and – of course – enemies to lovers.
Princess Adalina is longing for adventure in her life. Her mother read her stories of the cursed immortal warriors called the Nihryst. Her entire life Ada’s studied the stories. She told her mother that she would break their curse, a curse put into place by her ancestor and tied to tarot cards Ada currently holds. After discovering the king’s plan to start war with their neighbors, Ada knows she has to stop it. Her only hope is finding the Nihryst warriors if they even exist and asking them to help her. Ada escapes her kingdom with a crew of pirates and begins the adventure she’s always longed for.
Ada’s brother, Prince Shane, is the next ruler of Detmarya, and since the untimely death of his mother which led to the king’s descent into madness, he has ruled the best he can. “Heavy is the head that wears the crown,” and this has never been as true as it is for Shane. He loves his kingdom and his people and will do whatever is necessary to save them. While his sister is off looking for the legendary warriors, Shane stumbles upon a disease that is killing the poor in his kingdom. With the help of a rebel faction, Shane sets the stage for Ada’s return and prays that the help she’s looking for comes with her.
Told from Shane’s and Ada’s POV, the plot moves and twists together seamlessly. It’s like having two stories in one, and I love it! Ada’s chapters focus on her hunt for the Nihryst, her interactions with the pirates, and the lengths she will go for her kingdom. Shane’s story focuses on what is happening in Ada’s absence, the king’s plans, and the budding rebellion. Being able to see from all sides of the story led to a great amount of foreshadowing. While I was able to predict a few things as the story progressed, it was still exciting and engaging. The puzzles and mysteries that Ada has to solve to find the Nihryst kept me up well into the morning hours, and I’m pretty sure my heart stopped more than once reading as Shane led a double life trying to find answers about the plague.
My favorite part of this book though is the pirates. I love them! They are such a fun crew and fully fleshed out. The captain Lee and his banter with Ada helps drive the plot. He is guarded with his feelings and keeps to himself, yet something about Ada brings his walls down. Remember how I said a little romance is a must in my fantasy? Slowburn y'all....
Overall, if you haven’t already guessed it, I loved The Lost Legends. I devoured it, there is no other way to describe it. Even now, days after finishing it, I’m still thinking about the characters and what is next for them. The setting, the world-building (which I didn’t even get into in this review but y’all it’s amazing!), and the foreshadowing all make for one epic fantasy. Also I should note, this is a debut author and if I hadn’t have known that going in, I’d have never guessed it. Cait Marie writes as if she’s been doing it her whole life, and I personally cannot wait to read more of her work. If you enjoy adventures, a little romance, and a touch of magic, I highly recommend you grab a copy of The Lost Legends. It doesn’t disappoint!