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The past never forgets... Before an ambush by enemy soldiers, Lord Cassia was an engineer's apprentice on a mission entrusted by the king. But when plague sweeps over the land, leaving countless dead and devastating the kingdom, even Cas’ title cannot save him from a rotting prison cell and a merciless sickness. Three years later, Cas wants only to return to his home in the The past never forgets... Before an ambush by enemy soldiers, Lord Cassia was an engineer's apprentice on a mission entrusted by the king. But when plague sweeps over the land, leaving countless dead and devastating the kingdom, even Cas’ title cannot save him from a rotting prison cell and a merciless sickness. Three years later, Cas wants only to return to his home in the mountains and forget past horrors. But home is not what he remembers. His castle has become a refuge for the royal court. And they have brought their enemies with them. When an assassin targets those closest to the queen, Cas is drawn into a search for a killer… one that leads him to form an unexpected bond with a brilliant young historian named Lena. Cas and Lena soon realize that who is behind the attacks is far less important than why. They must look to the past, following the trail of a terrible secret—one that could threaten the kingdom’s newfound peace and plunge it back into war.


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The past never forgets... Before an ambush by enemy soldiers, Lord Cassia was an engineer's apprentice on a mission entrusted by the king. But when plague sweeps over the land, leaving countless dead and devastating the kingdom, even Cas’ title cannot save him from a rotting prison cell and a merciless sickness. Three years later, Cas wants only to return to his home in the The past never forgets... Before an ambush by enemy soldiers, Lord Cassia was an engineer's apprentice on a mission entrusted by the king. But when plague sweeps over the land, leaving countless dead and devastating the kingdom, even Cas’ title cannot save him from a rotting prison cell and a merciless sickness. Three years later, Cas wants only to return to his home in the mountains and forget past horrors. But home is not what he remembers. His castle has become a refuge for the royal court. And they have brought their enemies with them. When an assassin targets those closest to the queen, Cas is drawn into a search for a killer… one that leads him to form an unexpected bond with a brilliant young historian named Lena. Cas and Lena soon realize that who is behind the attacks is far less important than why. They must look to the past, following the trail of a terrible secret—one that could threaten the kingdom’s newfound peace and plunge it back into war.

30 review for Year of the Reaper

  1. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    5 stars because why the heck not? lol. i thought this was a COVID inspired book as a main chuck of the story is about an illness. but to find out its actually based on the black plague and a particular instance that happened because of it (wont mention what because of spoilers) had me enjoying this so much more. but what first drew me in is the writing - it had me glued me to the page. the prose is so easy to feel present with and its written in third person, which i personally prefer. i also enjo 5 stars because why the heck not? lol. i thought this was a COVID inspired book as a main chuck of the story is about an illness. but to find out its actually based on the black plague and a particular instance that happened because of it (wont mention what because of spoilers) had me enjoying this so much more. but what first drew me in is the writing - it had me glued me to the page. the prose is so easy to feel present with and its written in third person, which i personally prefer. i also enjoyed that the MC is a boy. so often its young women who are the protagonists in YA fantasy, so it was refreshing to follow cas and his growth and life. hes extremely mature and level-headed, so he was easy to like. i also have to give credit where its due. i love that this is a standalone. the art of creating a complete story in just one book seems to be a rare thing these days in YA fantasy, so i appreciate what the author has accomplished with this. yes, the ending is a bit rushed and there are some things that are left unexplained, but it feels pretty wrapped-up as a whole, so thats what matters to me. this is the perfect book to pick up if you are looking for a historical kingdom story that is a little more adult, but still love the YA fantasy tropes, and want something that feels relevant to today (but in a fun way). ↠ 4.5 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    chai ♡

    Some people sleep on their sides, other prefer to sleep on their backs, but a lot of y'all are sleeping on THIS BOOK and that simply cannot go on... (full review to follow) Some people sleep on their sides, other prefer to sleep on their backs, but a lot of y'all are sleeping on THIS BOOK and that simply cannot go on... (full review to follow)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey (munnyreads)

    Ugh, I really love it when a book has a gorgeous cover and a story fit to match. Year of the Reaper is a YA standalone that was inspired by/the aftermath of the Black Plague, Princess Joan, and the resilience of the human spirit. The story was written in a way that was easy to consume and captivating from the start. The main character Cas reminded me of Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows. If Kaz was a nobleman and not, ya know, a criminal. I wish there was more of the supernatural elements from this b Ugh, I really love it when a book has a gorgeous cover and a story fit to match. Year of the Reaper is a YA standalone that was inspired by/the aftermath of the Black Plague, Princess Joan, and the resilience of the human spirit. The story was written in a way that was easy to consume and captivating from the start. The main character Cas reminded me of Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows. If Kaz was a nobleman and not, ya know, a criminal. I wish there was more of the supernatural elements from this book, as the main character is able to see and communicate with ghosts/spirits, but it's not super prevalent or explained. I thought the relationships, both romantic and platonic, were handled fairly well. The MC and his brother had a stellar dynamic. Overall, a very quick and exciting read with great characters, a bit of mystery, and a fast pace. That and the cover I got is matte black and metallic gold with black sprayed edges. 10/10 would frame on my gallery wall.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    If I love this book I’m going to get a copy of the original edition as the Fairyloot edition is different. I like it too so it’s all good. Click the link to see the awesome goodies that came in the box! https://melissa413readsalot.blogspot.... If I love this book I’m going to get a copy of the original edition as the Fairyloot edition is different. I like it too so it’s all good. Click the link to see the awesome goodies that came in the box! https://melissa413readsalot.blogspot....

  5. 4 out of 5

    Natasha Ngan

    Just how I like my fantasy novels: bold, fierce and bloody. Grabs you by the horns and doesn't let go. Just how I like my fantasy novels: bold, fierce and bloody. Grabs you by the horns and doesn't let go.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3*** A lot of YA fantasy books seem to be about royals or royal kingdom settings and I’m a bit over it now. This was also set after a plague (inspired by bubonic plague) and Lord Cas, who was been wrongly imprisoned the past 3 years, is making way home, to find that everything he knew has changed. His castle has become a refuge for the Royal Court, things aren’t adding up and his brother who he once trusted is keeping secrets from him, and an assassin is targeting those closest to the Queen. At 3*** A lot of YA fantasy books seem to be about royals or royal kingdom settings and I’m a bit over it now. This was also set after a plague (inspired by bubonic plague) and Lord Cas, who was been wrongly imprisoned the past 3 years, is making way home, to find that everything he knew has changed. His castle has become a refuge for the Royal Court, things aren’t adding up and his brother who he once trusted is keeping secrets from him, and an assassin is targeting those closest to the Queen. At first I found this book intriguing; why can Cas see the spirits of dead people!? When it’s not an ability he had before? What truly happened to the royal procession on the way to Lord Cas’ home? What is his brother and the Queen keeping to themselves? Sadly I guessed very early on what the outcome would be and was a bit disappointed in how it played out. This outcome or “answer” to one of my questions, was also done SUPER quickly that I don’t feel it was given justice. One of my main questions was how Lord Cas has this interesting ability (when he never had it before) and there was no answer given to this. Some of what the other characters went through I feel I wanted answers to, and just didn’t get them. Or they were just put as a side note and not explored. These characters especially went through the worst possible hell and I just felt a deep sadness for them that I am sad this wasn’t explored further, or they weren’t given justice as an outcome of this book. On the plus side this book is very fast paced and did start off well. Despite guessing the ending, I still wanted to see how this played (even though it was rushed and the character was not given the justice she most definitely deserved).

  7. 4 out of 5

    charlotte,

    On my blog. Rep: mc with PTSD, gay side character CWs: implied torture, gore, illness, amputation, human experimentation Galley provided by publisher So far this year, there have been only two books I’ve read that I’ve finished an ARC of, and then immediately gone away to preorder. This is the second of those books. (The first, for anyone curious, was Courtney Gould’s The Dead and the Dark.) Let me start with some context. I’ve spent the last couple of years steadily realising that YA is… no long On my blog. Rep: mc with PTSD, gay side character CWs: implied torture, gore, illness, amputation, human experimentation Galley provided by publisher So far this year, there have been only two books I’ve read that I’ve finished an ARC of, and then immediately gone away to preorder. This is the second of those books. (The first, for anyone curious, was Courtney Gould’s The Dead and the Dark.) Let me start with some context. I’ve spent the last couple of years steadily realising that YA is… no longer for me, shall we say? There’ve been countless books I’ve read that have bored me to death. I’ve skimmed hundreds of pages, I’ve vowed to give up many times. But sometimes? Sometimes all that becomes worth it. That’s how Year of the Reaper felt. I opened the book up, and within a few pages, I was fully absorbed. It’s cliché—and also somewhat pointless on my part to say, when I read a lot of books like this, for varying reasons—but I read it in a single sitting because I simply couldn’t put it down. Everything from the worldbuilding, to the mystery, to the characters themselves kept me turning page after page. I didn’t want it to end (so. Maybe Cas and Lena can reinvent themselves as investigators? Just a thought, Ms. Lucier). I think what makes this book great, to me, is the combination of all its factors: world, character, and mystery, the last of which starts quite slowly, so the former two are very important. All of it leapt off the page, coming to life very vividly. Perhaps the clearest of the characters was Cas, as the protagonist, but he was surrounded by a vibrant cast too. And some of the backstories of those secondary characters made me desperate to know more about them and this world. The mystery is also very well done. It’s kind of drip-fed to you for the first half, in a way that leaves you intrigued and waiting to know more, and then it’s steadily (or. Not that steadily, hahahahaha) ratcheted up in the second half. As more and more things come to light, you think you know who is behind it all, but whatever assumptions you make are smashed with glee by the author. I thought I had it sussed, but then the twist came, and it was one of those ones that genuinely makes your heart start racing. So if this book is not on your radar yet, all I can ask is that you put it there right away. I enjoy so few YA fantasies that, whenever I find one I do love, I have to shove it down everyone’s throats. Also I would really just like a five years later epilogue. For reasons.

  8. 4 out of 5

    laurel [the suspected bibliophile]

    Ever read one of those books where the first few pages hit you across the face, but in a good way? This is the book. It very much felt like The Curse of Chalion meets SERIOUS SPOILER HERE (view spoiler)[ The Goose Girl (hide spoiler)] by way of 2020, in that a young man recently escaped from the prison of his enemy returns home after being thought for dead, immediately foils an attempted assassination against his king's newborn son, and stumbles into a mystery that threatens the peace between h Ever read one of those books where the first few pages hit you across the face, but in a good way? This is the book. It very much felt like The Curse of Chalion meets SERIOUS SPOILER HERE (view spoiler)[ The Goose Girl (hide spoiler)] by way of 2020, in that a young man recently escaped from the prison of his enemy returns home after being thought for dead, immediately foils an attempted assassination against his king's newborn son, and stumbles into a mystery that threatens the peace between his kingdom and that of his enemy. Oh, and the young man can see the dead. The seeing the dead part was underutilized IMO, but I didn't mind. It was such a light touch, so well done, to show how Cas was literally haunted. It's not easy to write a character like Cas, and I loved how he was portrayed and written, and how his motivations were shown instead of told. You never quite get into his head, but you are in his head through his actions. He's a very quiet character, and recovering from an awful lot, and highly intelligent, and...literally haunted. PTSD is a bitch, even in a world where literally everyone is suffering from some version of it. Throughout it all, however, he has retained his soul. The writing is superb, the world-building was incredible (the food, the descriptions of the cities), the relationships of the people who were beside themselves over the return of their beloved lordling (COOK!!!!!), and the way the slow recovery from a decades' long war and even worse plague were handled was just *chef's kiss* Holy shit, and Cas and Lena's relationship, and, quite literally, the relationships of everyone with each other. I was in tears for something like 80% of the book. How heartbreaking, and heartwarming and just. I dunno. It's so, so good, even if the murder mystery aspect of it was fairly simple. But even though the "twist" is easy to find, the way Lucier wrote it made my heart catch as all of the implications were so emotionally engaged. My only (very minor) gripes are the marketing, the title and the cover. I don't think this should be YA. It has an adult feel to it, although I can see why it was marketed as YA instead of Adult, and not just because the characters are young. Also, the title and the cover and the blurb made me feel like I was stepping into a war-like book, when it's not warlike—it's violent and brutal and filled with death, but this is about the aftermath of war and death and plague, and what comes next. So the cover—as hilarious as it is, when I figured out what it's supposed to depict—felt a little mismarketed. Anywho, my one last minor gripe is that I NEED AN EPILOGUE! Preferably set five years into the future, on that day. IYKYK. Overall, however, this is just an incredible book, and I am so honored to have been granted an advance copy. Full RTC. Yes, those are just my rambly bambly thoughts. I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

    3.5 stars rounded up because I really, really liked the characters. The story itself was fun, and if I'd have wished for a few things to be better explained, it was so effortlessly readable that I don't really care? Few YA books managed to keep my attention this year, so really, I'm not one to hold a grudge. 3.5 stars rounded up because I really, really liked the characters. The story itself was fun, and if I'd have wished for a few things to be better explained, it was so effortlessly readable that I don't really care? Few YA books managed to keep my attention this year, so really, I'm not one to hold a grudge.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Xia ✻.

    ★★★★✩ / 4.25 This book was surprisingly good and felt like a breath of fresh air. For beginners, our main narrator is a man, something not common in the fantasy I’m used to read. Cas is young but level-headed, nice, mature and interesting, which made him very easy to like. I immediately warmed up to him and his story. I wish a lot of things of his personality and past were exploited more, but I was satisfied nonetheless. The writing was beautiful and very well crafted. It made me want to keep re ★★★★✩ / 4.25 This book was surprisingly good and felt like a breath of fresh air. For beginners, our main narrator is a man, something not common in the fantasy I’m used to read. Cas is young but level-headed, nice, mature and interesting, which made him very easy to like. I immediately warmed up to him and his story. I wish a lot of things of his personality and past were exploited more, but I was satisfied nonetheless. The writing was beautiful and very well crafted. It made me want to keep reading without stop. Also, I love third person narration, which was a big plus. The story was also uncommon and interesting. Whereas the worldbulding didn’t go very deep and a lot of things were left in the surface, focusing more on the mystery of the book, the plot was very well-structured, with a nice ensemble of characters and relationships, and a plot twist that left me gaping, which made me forgive any small niggling I could have. I’m also very glad this is a real standalone. The story is based on the Black Plague in a fantasy world with a paranormal touch. Totally recommend for a light, engaging and very good ride.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jodi Meadows

    I really liked this one.

  12. 5 out of 5

    CC

    This is absolutely wonderful and inspiring and exceeded my expectations. It has all my Favorite Things: Tortured Hero who experiences Real Struggles with the trauma of being a captive, Middle Age inspired fantasy setting (no magic in this one), it features redemption (which may not be what you expect), and an inspiring and beautiful (I mean on the inside as well ;) heroine. Cas is the very best type of hero. He has to deal with trauma and how his captivity and the torture and all the deaths aroun This is absolutely wonderful and inspiring and exceeded my expectations. It has all my Favorite Things: Tortured Hero who experiences Real Struggles with the trauma of being a captive, Middle Age inspired fantasy setting (no magic in this one), it features redemption (which may not be what you expect), and an inspiring and beautiful (I mean on the inside as well ;) heroine. Cas is the very best type of hero. He has to deal with trauma and how his captivity and the torture and all the deaths around him due to the Plague affected him. He has to remain honorable despite the fact that he returns home to find that his close friend and king have married to the princess from Brisa, the country he was held captive in. Lucier accurately depicts all of these struggles. The Cas + Lena ship is simply adorable and slow-burn in the very best of ways (from their first meeting to their interactions/banter... <3). She's just what he needed to readjust to normal life. And the depiction of what Cas has to go through after he returns home is brilliant. I also love all the family and friends dynamics. (I may be slightly biased to stories that feature heroes because I feel there's an oversupply of not-well-done heroines in the market... just warning you people. :D) The prose is beautiful & gripping. I really like Lucier' treatment of the Plague as well as how people's lives were affected (including the grotesque but very real occurrence that (view spoiler)[ doctors mistreat and torture patients (hide spoiler)] ). The setting is also detailed - not in the boring way but in the fascinating way. I REALLY appreciate the various food and cultural descriptions. The Plague may make the setting sound very dark but it's also very real and very hopeful and I'm so here for it. But especially: Errance VIBES. From Moonscript by HSJ Williams. (When you said "Erre vibes" I was 100% bought in. That's how dedicated I am. ;) The plot and pacing is well done. There's a good amount of well-executed mystery. Overall very gripping and pulled me right in, which is lovely because I didn't expect it to be so wonderful. So yeah, what more can I ask?? I shall certainly be looking for more from Lucier! Content: PG-13 for probably some disturbing image/s, and off-screen torture, violence, ghosts (but not in the super creepy way). Note that the story features the Bubonic Plague - so you can probably picture those kinds of descriptions. No language that I can recall. No sexual scenes. One kiss (yep, that's all we got, but it's worth it ;). There's a rather clear implication that a supporting character is homosexual and it's talked about between characters.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    Beautifully thrilling and absolutely unforgettable,this YA fantasy stand-alone by Makiia Lucier isn’t to be missed! Three years ago, in the midst of war and on a mission entrusted to him by the king, Lord Cassia disappeared. Since then a plague has spread leaving hundreds dead and the kingdom forever changed. Having survived imprisonment and illness, Cass just wants to return home and forget his past horrors. But home isn’t as he remembers, for the castle has become a refuge for the royal court—a Beautifully thrilling and absolutely unforgettable,this YA fantasy stand-alone by Makiia Lucier isn’t to be missed! Three years ago, in the midst of war and on a mission entrusted to him by the king, Lord Cassia disappeared. Since then a plague has spread leaving hundreds dead and the kingdom forever changed. Having survived imprisonment and illness, Cass just wants to return home and forget his past horrors. But home isn’t as he remembers, for the castle has become a refuge for the royal court—and they’ve brought their enemies with them. When an assassin targets those closest to the Queen, Cass is drawn into the hunt for a killer... and an unexpected bond with brilliant historian, Lena. Together they realise the culprit’s identity is far less important than why. Looking to the past, they discover a terrible secret—one that threatens the kingdom’s newfound peace and plunge it back into war. I really enjoyed the brilliantly detailed world building and complex character development, of Cass especially. He and Lena had some of the best scenes and one of the most entertaining first meetings, I loved it! I also really enjoyed the subtle paranormal elements (the ghosts) and the mystery surrounding the assassin and their motives was also rather enthralling—as was that incredible revelatory plot twist. Overall, an exceptionally relevant tale of friendship, resilience and hope;fans of YA Fantasy or Mystery are going to love this I can’t wait to check out more of Lucier‘s work. And a massive thank you to Hodder&Stoughton and NetGalley for the e-arc.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sanja ✵

    This is not a book I would’ve picked up myself, but I choose to give it a chance because it sounded interesting enough when it came in my FairyLoot box. But boy, did it fall flat. The most interesting part is that the main character can see ghosts. We never get an answer to why that is and it wasn’t included enough in the story. It was just added when it was convenient and then forgotten about. Much of the story developed by the guards being utterly incompetent and messing up time and time again This is not a book I would’ve picked up myself, but I choose to give it a chance because it sounded interesting enough when it came in my FairyLoot box. But boy, did it fall flat. The most interesting part is that the main character can see ghosts. We never get an answer to why that is and it wasn’t included enough in the story. It was just added when it was convenient and then forgotten about. Much of the story developed by the guards being utterly incompetent and messing up time and time again and therefore creating trouble. When they beat up the main character, that belongs to one of the most influential families, without giving him the chance to explain, their punishment was their own embarrassment? Doesn’t people get executed for that? I also found everyone to be extremely loose lipped in the beginning. They just revealed all their darkest secrets in a room full of people. That didn’t feel believable at all for people that gone through so much trauma. It was so repetitive, I lost count how many times I was told that the royal insignia was a bull and a flower. A lot of the sentences was also short and choppy. There was a plot twist towards the end that was really good and I thought my feelings towards the book would pick up. But then Cas started acting like an utter twat and I was just annoyed again. I didn’t enjoy all the focus on the baby. All he did was scream, burp and piss himself. I don’t want to read about that once every other page. But at the same time he was one of the most well developed characters, because all the other ones were hardly allowed to be part of the story and felt flat. The ending was also extremely rushed and felt too easily resolved. It was however fun to have a male main character, but that’s pretty much it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sahitya

    CW: plague, medical experimentation, near drowning, burning, assault and whipping. I have been seeing early review for this book for a while now and even though they were pretty gushing ones, I never felt like I wanted to read it. For whatever reason, I wasn’t a huge fan of the cover either. But recently, I happened to see vaguely a couple more lovely reviews and decided that maybe I should give it a try. I’m so so glad that I didn’t miss out on it because of my cover vanity. This is in the desc CW: plague, medical experimentation, near drowning, burning, assault and whipping. I have been seeing early review for this book for a while now and even though they were pretty gushing ones, I never felt like I wanted to read it. For whatever reason, I wasn’t a huge fan of the cover either. But recently, I happened to see vaguely a couple more lovely reviews and decided that maybe I should give it a try. I’m so so glad that I didn’t miss out on it because of my cover vanity. This is in the description, so it’s not a spoiler but I never actually thought I would read a book, albeit a fantasy, featuring a plague just when it feels like the omicron variant of the coronavirus is gonna wreak havoc soon. But I dared myself and picked this book up and it was a wonderful decision. Yes, this book is dark with gory descriptions of the plague and it’s aftermath, the devastation it leaves behind, the legacy it leaves behind for those alive. The author doesn’t shy away from describing it all in intricate detail - the landscape and the corpses and the stench and the castles and hospitals full of dying and helpless people - it is not an easy read but it is also not gratuitous, it’s just the truth. Amidst this backdrop, we also have an assassination attempt, the digging through the past and following of clues to uncover the culprit, and twists and turns which just left me on the edge of my seat, unable to put the book down at all. While it feels like the whole book is dark and tense and mysterious - and it is - that’s not what one feels upon completion of it. Because in its heart, this is a story about hope and resilience in times of adversity, and the power of family and friendship. There is genuine love and joy to be found in these pages and I’m actually surprised and in awe of the author’s skill in writing such a hopeful book with a very opposing bleak backdrop. I can probably count on my fingers that number of YA fantasies I’ve read with a young man as the main protagonist, so that was a nice change here. And Cas is a brilliant one to follow along. He suffers greatly in prison, walks out alive almost like a miracle, sees the past and present devastation caused by the plague with gruesome clarity - but all he wants is to go home. He is not the same scrawny young boy he was at fifteen when he left on a routine mission, but the love he has for his brother and everyone present in Palmeran keep is immense and it is equally reciprocated. He needs time to recover but when a mysterious assassin keeps trying to kill off the Queen’s retinue, he can’t help but follow the trail of clues and unmask the truth. He is persistent, dutiful and compassionate in everything he does and it was so easy to appreciate him for everything. He is ably supported by a young historian Lena who also happens to be the King’s half sister. She is determined to follow the legacy of her historian grandfather and finish his account which was cut short. She is also very understanding of Cas’s circumstances, both the after effects of his imprisonment and his new found weird powers. She is lovely and cheerful, and maybe just the right person to befriend Cas in this new life, where he is still figuring out what he needs. Their friendship is another highlight of the book and I adored that any progression of their relationship was very natural and never forced, at a pace that felt true to Cas’s character arc. Ventillus, Cas’s brother is a solid presence and his love for his sibling whom he thought dead was palpable in his every word and action. He may still think his little brother needs to be coddled and protected but it is still out of love. But he is also someone who has been devastated due to too much death - both war and plague - and only wishes for peace and prosperity for his remaining loved ones. Queen Jehan is kind of the central character around whom the mystery revolves but we don’t truly get to know her well. But she is a good mother and an even better Queen, who doesn’t consider some tasks beneath her just because of her status. King Rayan also seemed like a reasonable ruler who values the good people around and treasures his relationships. There were also quite a few others who had minor but very heartfelt and impactful presence in the story and I’m glad we got to meet them all. In the end, I just want to say that don’t let the premise of the book scare you away. The book may seem bloody and bleak but it has some wonderful characters, especially Cas whom I really want to be best friends with, and a tale which is full of hope - hope that when we all work together full of love and compassion for each other, we will be able to overcome adversities. And I think it can’t be denied that in these trying times, it’s our bonds of friendship and family that have lent us strength to survive and hopefully continue to do so as we all navigate our pandemic stricken world.

  16. 4 out of 5

    C A R M E N

    Year of the Reaper is absolutely incredible. It is easy to get through, thanks to the beautiful prose. The story follows Cas, a young Lord, who gets wrongly imprisoned for three years, only to catch the deadly plague that has been ravaging across the kingdoms. He survives the illness, and by recovering, he can now see ghosts. When he returns home, where he was presumed dead, he discovers a lot has changed: the King and Queen now temporarily reside in his castle, the only place where the plague h Year of the Reaper is absolutely incredible. It is easy to get through, thanks to the beautiful prose. The story follows Cas, a young Lord, who gets wrongly imprisoned for three years, only to catch the deadly plague that has been ravaging across the kingdoms. He survives the illness, and by recovering, he can now see ghosts. When he returns home, where he was presumed dead, he discovers a lot has changed: the King and Queen now temporarily reside in his castle, the only place where the plague hasn't struck yet. Cas is thrust into a murder mystery when an assassin attempts to kill the newborn prince on his Naming Ceremony, but fails when Cas rescues the prince. Along with Lena, the royal historian, they try to uncover the reason behind the several attacks on the queen's life, only to discover a terrible secret that changes the lives of their loved ones. Not only is the plot really engaging, but the characters are well written as well. It is refreshing to have a male lead and Cas definitely is one of my favourites: he is brave, strong and knows what needs to be done, while maintaining his good heart and morals. I definitely rooted for him along the way. Lena is also an endearing character who doesn't conform to the assigned gender roles. I really liked the way she and Cas became friends. It gave me so much joy.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jesse Ruth (The best boyfriends are book boyfriends)

    Thank you Netgalley for this incredible arc! I loved this story from start to finish! As soon as I met Cass I was instantly hooked by his story, particularly due to the Dark times of this period. The world building was amazing and I kept turning pages and reading nonstop due to the twists and turns that had me so engaged. Like I said, this is a dark book with some imagery that could possibly make some readers uncomfortable. However, the story itself is remarkable and my only complaint is that I wi Thank you Netgalley for this incredible arc! I loved this story from start to finish! As soon as I met Cass I was instantly hooked by his story, particularly due to the Dark times of this period. The world building was amazing and I kept turning pages and reading nonstop due to the twists and turns that had me so engaged. Like I said, this is a dark book with some imagery that could possibly make some readers uncomfortable. However, the story itself is remarkable and my only complaint is that I wish there was more!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Yenthe

    Not going to lie... I’m seriously debating to give this book 5 stars just because I really liked it. It has some flaws, sure. It is a stand alone so some things are not explored thoroughly enough to make a lot of sense but are used just to be convenient for the story. But this is the only thing I can fault this book for. The writing style was compelling and had a nice flow to it. I really loved it. Loved the names that were used for the characters and lands and cities. From the blurb I expected th Not going to lie... I’m seriously debating to give this book 5 stars just because I really liked it. It has some flaws, sure. It is a stand alone so some things are not explored thoroughly enough to make a lot of sense but are used just to be convenient for the story. But this is the only thing I can fault this book for. The writing style was compelling and had a nice flow to it. I really loved it. Loved the names that were used for the characters and lands and cities. From the blurb I expected the story to be a bit more dark than it was. Also loved the plot. It was a bit predictable maybe but still unexpected when they figure it out. Too bad this is a stand alone, wouldn’t have mind to read a duologie or trilogy about these characters and world.

  19. 4 out of 5

    H.S.J. Williams

    I was just told the MC has serious Erre vibes, so I’m totally here for it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Leanne

    4.5 stars This was incredible. I have work tomorrow, but I just read this in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down. I’m seriously considering giving it 5 stars. I think my favourite thing about this book is the characters. The protagonist, Cas, is excellent. Don’t be fooled by this being labelled YA — Cas is nothing like the stereotypical YA protagonist. He’s a man who has experienced a lot of hardship and suffering; he’s completely different when he returns home. He’s brave, kind, and fierce 4.5 stars This was incredible. I have work tomorrow, but I just read this in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down. I’m seriously considering giving it 5 stars. I think my favourite thing about this book is the characters. The protagonist, Cas, is excellent. Don’t be fooled by this being labelled YA — Cas is nothing like the stereotypical YA protagonist. He’s a man who has experienced a lot of hardship and suffering; he’s completely different when he returns home. He’s brave, kind, and fiercely loyal, but also brutally honest and sometimes insensitive. He just felt so painstakingly human, and I feel like that’s what I want from protagonists: someone I can sympathise with and root for. I liked that he could see ghosts; he was both physically and figuratively haunted by his experiences. The other characters were also great, and in particular, I really loved the dynamics between the king, queen, Cas, his brother, and Lena. The love, the suspicion, the trust… All of it! My personal favourite was the relationship between Cas and his brother. The mystery of the killer targeting the queen was done really well. I didn’t foresee the plot twist at all, and I think that the plot went in a really interesting direction. A deadly plague, a killer on the loose, and fractured family ties all contributed to the tension and mystery in this story. The writing itself is beautiful and not difficult to get through. I think it's really interesting how the story is set in a world that's still recovering from a war and a plague; there's a lot of fragility that comes with that. Honestly, this shouldn’t be marketed as YA — it felt very much like adult fantasy to me, and I’m really glad I read it. What a wonderful, fantastic story, and I’m actually glad that it’s a standalone, because it ended on a nice note.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anniek

    Set after a plague that killed many, many people, we follow a prince reuniting with his family at court, but also with some enemies. What's interesting about this book is that a book like this would normally be set during the plague itself, and following the main character through it, but here, the author asks: what happens next? And what happens next is honestly a wild ride of brutal events, keeping me hooked and making this book unputdownable. Set after a plague that killed many, many people, we follow a prince reuniting with his family at court, but also with some enemies. What's interesting about this book is that a book like this would normally be set during the plague itself, and following the main character through it, but here, the author asks: what happens next? And what happens next is honestly a wild ride of brutal events, keeping me hooked and making this book unputdownable.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Roomies' Digest

    hmmm. mixed feelings about this one. While I enjoyed it, I would be doing everyone a disservice if I said this was anything like what was advertised. I think calling this a fantasy book is a biiiiiig stretch. If anything its supernatural- and if we're calling it that, well its barely that as well. Really interesting premise! I think what saved this book was the MC Cassia. Overall, this book didn't go very deep, and felt like it was written for a younger audience. I did enjoy the major plot twist hmmm. mixed feelings about this one. While I enjoyed it, I would be doing everyone a disservice if I said this was anything like what was advertised. I think calling this a fantasy book is a biiiiiig stretch. If anything its supernatural- and if we're calling it that, well its barely that as well. Really interesting premise! I think what saved this book was the MC Cassia. Overall, this book didn't go very deep, and felt like it was written for a younger audience. I did enjoy the major plot twist, but still did not see much explanation throughout the book. Like we know WHY it happened, but why do we as an audience care? It all seemed a bit muddled in the writing. Like I said I had a fine time- enjoyed the characters and the world, but I found the conflict lacking. I also would have liked to have had an explanation for Cass' ability. Like I said, the plot seemed broad and didn't go very deep. Would recommend for those readers who enjoy a quick read of medieval-inspired tales filled with ghosts! xx -Christine

  23. 4 out of 5

    sydney saunders

    It's been a long time since I've read a book from a man's perspective and I typically avoid them for the pure reason that they are always written without emotion. This book proved that, but it still surprised me with a beyond wonderful story. At the beginning, I predicted the ending, saying who the archer would be. I was low-key kind of mad that I was able to get it so easily but I was wrong. The plot twist was so well done and turned the book on it's head. My opinion will always be that a good pl It's been a long time since I've read a book from a man's perspective and I typically avoid them for the pure reason that they are always written without emotion. This book proved that, but it still surprised me with a beyond wonderful story. At the beginning, I predicted the ending, saying who the archer would be. I was low-key kind of mad that I was able to get it so easily but I was wrong. The plot twist was so well done and turned the book on it's head. My opinion will always be that a good plot twist can make an entire book. Thankfully, there were other things that I thoroughly enjoyed about this novel. Our main character, Cas, was great. I thought he had just enough wit and boldness to keep it interesting but he did not make this a character-driven story which I enjoyed. (Not to say I don't enjoy a character driven story, but it was a fun plot driven story.) My favorite element about Cas was probably his ability to say what he wanted. He has gone through a great deal, a great deal. It makes sense that as he lives now, he is not afraid of what could happen when he says what he wants, because he believes he's already suffered the worst. I also adored his ability to see ghosts. It wasn't elaborated on like I wanted it to be, but it added a great element to the book either way. He was a wonderful guy, real solid. Additionally, my opinion of him was bolstered by him fighting Bittor. Some may say that he was in the wrong and some may say it was justifiable. For me, it doesn't really matter. The most important part was that Cassia was showing an uproar in emotion, something that should have been more common in the novel. I just think Cas was a little too level-headed for my liking. I wanted more and more of that fight scene, I think it was a great addition to the story. It showed not just his inquisitive side but his extreme love he has also. Lena was great. I don't have that much to say about her. She was a kind girl, really passionate about what she was doing. I really wish this had been a duel POV book, because it probably would have doubled my love for both Cas and Lena. They just felt like wasted potential. Lena had a really great scene, though. When she sprung to action, demanding that her hair be cut, too. It was really noble of her and I don't remember the last time a love interest did something noble. It's not a typical forte. I loved all of the side characters. I liked Bittor. I loved King Rayan and Queen Jehan. Or not Queen Jehan. I loved our villain, Lady Mari. Or not Lady Mari. I thought she was great. I think we should have gotten more details as to why she changed her mind, though. I'm sad that she died. I think it would have been great to see her go on to live a prosperous life. It would have been what she deserved. Personally, I still had some problems with the novel. The writing was a little bland and the characters just weren't fleshed out. But the book was so powerful. Many of the scenes were heartbreaking and I almost cried multiple times. It's a great novel and a great story.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tilly

    4.5 Stars This is my first book by Makiia Lucier and it certainly did not let me down! I was gripped from the first word to the last and devoured the story in a day! Year of the Reaper is about a young Lord named Cas who after 3 years of being wrongly imprisoned, catches the desdly plague that is ravaging the kingdoms. Amazingly he survives and manages to escape and find his way back to his town in the mountains. Only when he gets there, the King and Queen are staying in his castle, alongside his 4.5 Stars This is my first book by Makiia Lucier and it certainly did not let me down! I was gripped from the first word to the last and devoured the story in a day! Year of the Reaper is about a young Lord named Cas who after 3 years of being wrongly imprisoned, catches the desdly plague that is ravaging the kingdoms. Amazingly he survives and manages to escape and find his way back to his town in the mountains. Only when he gets there, the King and Queen are staying in his castle, alongside his brother. Chaos ensues and the story becomes a bit of a murder mystery. The story is filled with brilliant humour, surprising twists and turns and lots of adventure and action. There are some dark and gorey moments but these are leveled put with fun scenes and brilliant wit from the characters. The world building is brilliant and I felt transported to this time and place, I just wish there had been a map! The characters are the stars of the show for me. The lead male Cas is such a strong character you forget he is only 18 as his maturity and competence makes him seem more like 30. He is brave and stronf but also has a huge, kind heart and a more vulnerable side. Henwas the perfect lead and I loved getting to know him. The lead female is Lena, a female who doesn't comply with the gender roles set before her. She is so smart, interesting and has a great sense of humour. I love seeing her and Cas form a wonderful friendship, it is a joy to read. The other side characters play such vital roles with incredible detail and back stories, they add a lot to the story. The writing is fantastic, so engaging and enthralling. I could not put the book down and read it in a day! The only reason this isn't a 5 star review is that I felt the ending was a little rushed and would also have liked an epilogue for a few years down the line. I hope the author writes another book in this world as there are so many interesting characters who I would love to learn more about. Overall, a brilliant fantasy with engaging characters and a fantastic storyline. I HIGHLY recommend this book to all YA fantasy lovers. Please note that I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    VICTORIA EDWARDS

    Don’t be shook that I finished this so fast… …I skimmed the last half. This book started of strong for me. I loved Cas, the world, and how harsh and ashen it all seemed. Cas seemed like an intriguing character especially when we see into his past and even more so after he meets Lena. But it was when he returned home that things got boring. From there, it becomes apparent what formula is being used here: The Who-done-it formula. With the art and the cover and just the overall vibe of this book, I e Don’t be shook that I finished this so fast… …I skimmed the last half. This book started of strong for me. I loved Cas, the world, and how harsh and ashen it all seemed. Cas seemed like an intriguing character especially when we see into his past and even more so after he meets Lena. But it was when he returned home that things got boring. From there, it becomes apparent what formula is being used here: The Who-done-it formula. With the art and the cover and just the overall vibe of this book, I expected more. Waaaaaay more. I definitely did not receive that. It was just an average, recycled YA fantasy book that you’ve absolutely read before. A “killer”, two young kids who run around young trying to solve the mystery on their own, some mediocre reveals, and what unfortunately turned out to be a mediocre romance. Oh well…

  26. 4 out of 5

    yasamin

    This book absolutely SLAAAAYED I love it so much! It actually left me saying to myself, “wow, this book was so good” the minute I finished it, which doesn’t happen very often. The characters were amazing- Cas and Lena are, of course, my favorites, and the storyline was so gripping and there were a lot of unexpected twists. I could barely put the book down! I would categorize this book as a sort of mystery novel set in plague times. It took me completely by surprise and I was so, so pleased with This book absolutely SLAAAAYED I love it so much! It actually left me saying to myself, “wow, this book was so good” the minute I finished it, which doesn’t happen very often. The characters were amazing- Cas and Lena are, of course, my favorites, and the storyline was so gripping and there were a lot of unexpected twists. I could barely put the book down! I would categorize this book as a sort of mystery novel set in plague times. It took me completely by surprise and I was so, so pleased with how it turned out. Everyone needs to read this!!!!! It is sooooo good and one of my new favorites.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ? December Fairyloot book of the month 2021

  28. 4 out of 5

    My Little Library

    Best read of 2022 so far. Such a great one shot. The chemistry between the characters was amazing. The plot so intriguing and fast paced. The slow burn romance ♡ 5☆

  29. 4 out of 5

    michelle (magical reads)

    4.75 stars read on my blog rep: gay side character cw: implied torture, gore, illness (plague), amputation, mentions of human experimentation We are not promised a long life, Cassia. Just a life. Take what happiness you can. Hold tight to it. After hearing high praise and reading the summary, I knew I had to read this book. And I’m so glad I did because I adored it! Year of the Reaper follows a long lost lord and a royal historian as they untangle a mystery of a queen and the threats behind h 4.75 stars read on my blog rep: gay side character cw: implied torture, gore, illness (plague), amputation, mentions of human experimentation We are not promised a long life, Cassia. Just a life. Take what happiness you can. Hold tight to it. After hearing high praise and reading the summary, I knew I had to read this book. And I’m so glad I did because I adored it! Year of the Reaper follows a long lost lord and a royal historian as they untangle a mystery of a queen and the threats behind her life, one that leads to a deadly secret. After being captured and imprisoned for three years, Cas finally makes his way home to Palmerin, hoping to find his brother alive. Not only does he find him, he also finds that the royal family has taken refuge there, including Lena, the girl who stole his horse and who turns out to be a royal historian. Together, they attempt to uncover the reason behind the attacks on the queen, which leads them to a dangerous secret. First, I really loved the writing! The prose slowly unraveled an intense story in such a way that I couldn’t look away. I managed to finish this book in one day, which is a rare feat nowadays. It was just so good, and the pacing was perfect. There’s also a softness to the story, one that I quickly fell in love with. The characters were amazingly written. Cas is cunning and intuitive, ready to do the right thing while also knowing what has to be done. This story is a bit of a healing journey for Cas, who has been away and imprisoned in an enemy kingdom for three years; now that he has returned, he has to learn how to navigate his dynamic with people now. He’s glad to be reunited with his older brother, Ventillas, who was basically his parent figure and who has clearly changed over the past three years. He also unexpectedly bonds with Lena, as well as Queen Jehan. Every character was so fleshed out; I loved every little detail of them. Lena is kind-hearted and inquisitive, Jehan is calm and generous, honestly I could go on and on. I particularly liked Bittor’s character; he provided some humor to the story, injecting a lightheartedness as a contrast to the heaviness of the plot. As I mentioned before, Ventillas proved to be a complex character, and I liked exploring his dynamic with Cas and King Rayan. The romance was slight, but I was smiling through tears over their every interaction. Cas and Lena were just so soft! I won’t say Cas is really gruff, but he does tend to hold himself at arm’s length now yet he finds himself liking Lena and her presence immediately. The ending…I was honestly crying at that point, but a happy sort of crying. I don’t think I’ve really managed to discuss what I loved about this story sadly, partially because I don’t want to give away spoilers. Just know that this book is one of my favorite releases of the year and I’ll definitely be rereading it soon! Year of the Reaper quickly made its way into my heart. I adored the characters and the prose, and the plot was so intriguing. Please just trust me when I say that you should definitely check out Year of the Reaper, especially if you’re looking for a standalone fantasy! original review: no but i'm obsessed

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carola

    For the most part I liked this book very much. Toward the ending it felt very rushed but the ending itself was good.

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