The Sun and the Void is a vivid and action packed story about family and sacrifice. What we would do for our goals, ambitions, and vengeance. If you love sapphic fantasy this is a must! Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.
Reina is desperate.
Stuck living on the edges of society, her only salvation lies in an invitation from a grandmother she’s never known. But the journey is dangerous, and prayer can’t always avert disaster.
Attacked by creatures that stalk the region, Reina is on the verge of death until her grandmother, a dark sorceress, intervenes. Now dependent on the Doña’s magic for her life, Reina will do anything to earn—and keep—her favor. Even the bidding of an ancient god who whispers to her at night.
Eva Kesare is unwanted.
Illegitimate and of mixed heritage, Eva is her family’s shame. She tries her best to be perfect and to hide her oddities. But Eva is hiding a secret: magic calls to her.
Eva knows she should fight the temptation. Magic is the sign of the dark god, and using it is punishable by death. Yet, it’s hard to deny power when it has always been denied to you. Eva is walking a dangerous path, one that gets stranger every day. And, in the end, she’ll become something she never imagined.
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
The Sun and the Void is all about what we need to do to get what we want. All the sacrifices, the compromises, and negotiations. The past is present. The core of colonization, family decade long secrets, and the pain we inflict on others all festering. It’s a story about the push and pull with magic and those who refuse to acknowledge it. One element I loved in The Sun and the Void was the way it examines the allure of magic, purity, and morality all at once.
The Sun and the Void is full of intrigue and characters who explore what they will do to be powerful. To gain the power we think we are entitled to, the power we think we deserve, and the power we want. In different ways, both Reina and Eva are trying to fight for the future they want, to escape the futures written for them. And The Sun and the Void will demand that they prove their faith, innocence, and capabilities.
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I am already so excited for the sequel because of where the end leaves us! If you love characters trying to figure out their own choices in a world of manipulations and power grabs, then you’ll have to check out The Sun and the Void. Find The Sun and the Void on Goodreads, Storygraph, Amazon (US) (UK), Bookshop.org, & Blackwells.