A Trial of Sorcerers by Elise Kova Review

Rating: 3.5⭐️

Synopsis:Ice is in her blood.
Eighteen-year-old Waterrunner Eira Landan lives her life in the shadows — the shadow of her older brother, of her magic’s whispers, and of the person she accidentally killed. She’s the most unwanted apprentice in the Tower of Sorcerers until the day she decides to step out and compete for a spot in the Tournament of Five Kingdoms.
Pitted against the best sorcerers in the Empire, Eira fights to be one of four champions. Excelling in the trials has its rewards. She’s invited to the royal court with the “Prince of the Tower,” discovers her rare talent for forbidden magic, and at midnight, Eira secretly meets with a handsome elfin ambassador.
But, Eira soon learns, no reward is without risk. As she comes into the spotlight, so too do the skeletons of a past she hadn’t even realized was haunting her.
Eira went into the trials ready for a fight. Ready to win. She wasn’t ready for what it would cost her. No one expected the candidates might not make it out with their lives.
A Trial of Sorcerers is the first book in a brand new, young adult, epic fantasy series intended for readers who love stories involving: sorcerer competitions, slow-burn romance, adventures to distant lands, and elemental magic.

Review:First off I would like to thank Elise Kova for sending me an Advanced eCopy of this book. It was definitely on my list of most anticipated for this year.
As always I will start off with the things that I really enjoyed about this novel. I absolutely adored the magic system and the politics. The magic system was based around elemental magic, which is my favorite type of magic system to see in the media. It was clear that Kova had put a ton of thought into the inner-workings of the magic system and that provided a seamless explanation of it, without it ever feeling info-dumpy or pulling you out of the story. I also REALLY loved the politics of this world. I felt like there was so much scheming and political maneuvering that we got to see a kind of inside look at because of the main characters’ connections.
Unfortunately what fell a little flat for me in this story was the main character, Eira, felt very naive to me. I know that she is meant to be young, but she was overly naive and trusting. Especially in her position surrounded by secrets that she is just now discovering herself. Ultimately I ended up at a 3.5⭐️ for this read. I will be continuing the series and hoping that as Eira develops as a character she will learn to not be as naive and trusting.

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