Heroes of the Empire Book 1: The Cavalier
by Israh Azizi
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Pub Date 22 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 15 May 2023
She calls the Empire home. He pledges to bring its downfall.
Death is Velamir’s close acquaintance. As a student in the Chishman academy, he cannot escape the brutal war. When he’s sent on a mission with three fellow academy cadets, Velamir returns to the Empire, the land of his birth. Calamity befalls the group as they trek through enemy territory, and Velamir learns a part of his past that makes the mission far more personal. Burdened with the deaths of the unavenged and the chance of losing his own life, Velamir must decide if revenge is worth the cost.
Natassa knows her role well: The silent and obedient girl. The one who looks away from the torture her father, the emperor, inflicts on the Empire’s inhabitants. The princess. But she’s a shackled prisoner, and somewhere under the mask is a spark of rebellion. When she learns of her father’s intention to marry her to a man she loathes, Natassa crafts a risky plan of her own—one dangerous enough to get her killed.
Two searching hearts. Two perilous paths. Velamir must find the courage to face his past and Natassa must find the strength to face herself before the war consumes them both.
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The Cavalier is original and riveting story that kept me enthralled. It has great plot, strong and brave characters and a lot of heart-pounding action. A must read!
Awesome dive into the first book of Heroes of the Empire young adult series. Devoured the conflicted protagonists' journeys in this coming of age story. Which one is the hero and which one is the enemy? Loved to hate some characters and hated that I loved some characters because now I have to wait for the next book. Fast paced read that kept me hooked until the end.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.