I loved this book. This has been such a great series for fans of the Arthurian tales. I like the character development and the world building.
I really enjoyed this new fantasy from Aveyard—high-stakes with deep world-building and characters I loved getting to know.
Very intriguing!! I look forward to the second book! Thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for the opportunity to read in exchange for a review!
I couldn’t figure out the plot. The world building feels disconnected and the characters weren’t heroes I was cheering for. I usually love fantasy, but this just wasn’t it for me. No romance. Felt very flat.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me a free advanced copy of this book to read and review.
I had very high hopes for this book, but I found this book to be boring and did not finish it. I was quite disapointed, as I have enjoyed some of Aveyard's other titles.
Very slow, very dense, but thoroughly fleshed out. The world is complex and thorough, diverse and engaging. Once known that this book is inspired by Lord of the Rings, it is impossible to ignore. Characters are multidimensional and straddle the line between black and white.
Overall, different from Aveyard''s Red Queen series. This reads like more of an Adult fantasy, and romance is notably absent.
Realm Breaker is a rich high fantasy that can captivate audiences. This is a perfect set up book to a series and I look forward to continuing the story.
Realm Breaker is a series that is sure to be a hit for young adults and adults alike. Victoria Aveyard established her name with the YA audience with the Red Queen series.
Realm Breaker followed the "chosen one" fantasy trope, and although it is a trope that is done often, in my opinion Aveyard did it well.
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Realm Breaker is the first book in a truly epic fantasy series from Victoria Aveyard. Yes, this book is very slow—this book is akin to the first Lord of the Rings movie in the sense that the entire novel essentially follows the formation of an adventuring party and the revelation of their primary and secondary enemies. You know in your heart if that is something you are into or not (my brother, high fantasy junkie that he is, will love it).
This book is best approached mostly cold, but the main conceit is that there are Spindles that have been "closed" for some time, but can "open" and serve as portals to other worlds. Again, very epic fantasy.
I really enjoyed this book. I was a big fan of the Red Queen series and was interested to see Victoria Aveyard's take on a different genre. While Red Queen had fantasy elements, I believe it was more dystopian. I would let past readers of Aveyard know that Realm Breaker is definitely high fantasy with very minimal romance. It's the slowest, and I truly mean slowest, burn you'll ever read. That being said, I loved all of the characters and how she brought such different people to be our core group.
This is the YA fantasy novel that I've been hoping for. The world building is very well-executed, along with the rag-tag group that is charged with saving the world.
Realm Breaker was confusing from the start. The narrative was disjointed and difficult to follow. I can tell she is trying to emulate fantasy writer greats, but it just doesn't work. It is like Aveyard is trying way too hard, and it seems almost directly lifted from The Wheel of Time series (she only credits Tolkien at the end as an inspiration). I had the same issue with Red Queen. It seemed way too similar to the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson. However, Red Queen was at least readable and a page-turner. Realm Breaker was a slog. It had too many characters with little to no character development. One thing that might have helped is to have the chapters focus on one character; Sanderson does this with his Stormlight Archive books, as does George R.R. Martin in A Song of Ice and Fire. Don't waste your time with this one--it is dull and nearly unreadable.
I had a hard time getting into this book as a majority of it is just world building. I absolutely love this author so I powered through it. This book was not one that I could instantly get into as the characters in my opinion were dull. I love the ideas presented and might try to reread this again but overall, this book was not for me.
I had a very difficult time with this book. The world building was dense and the multiple POVs were hard to follow. I really didn’t become attached to any of the characters which made it nearly impossible to slog through the lengthy book. My hopefor a read similar to Pool’s “There Will Come a Darkness” did not materialize.
A good series starter, but if felt like much of this book was more of a lead up to the meat of the story than anything else. The ending felt like the story was finally getting going. I really liked the time that we spent getting to know the characters and Aveyard really excelled at that, which is what made this book really worth the time, but generally I feel like not a lot happened. Hopefully book 2 picks up the pace a little
I really struggled with this book. Victoria Aveyard is such a good writer and can create amazing worlds but this world building was so dense and thick it was very hard to wade through. It felt like work getting through the world building to begin to even understand the characters. I think the characters can be really likable! But the chopy POV's had me disinterested in some of the stories and left everything else feeling lackluster.
Realm Breaker was a wild ride through a richly crafted world of adventure! I really appreciated the ways in which each separate kingdom was described in both physical and non-physical ways. As the story continued on I felt like, as the reader, we were growing with the characters.
I can not tell a lie, I have not read this yet but I am dying to. It is just, she is so mean with her cliff hangers that I need to wait until the series is complete to become emotionally invested.
Thank your for the arc and I feel bad for taking it for granted I just....I can't handle the stress in my life.
This incredible adventure from Victoria Aveyard introduces a new fantastical world that assures audiences that she is a Queen of the genre!