Incendiary (Hollow Crown #1) By Zoraida Córdova [Review]

Incendiary (Hollow Crown, #1)

RELEASE DATE: April 28th 2020
Zoraida Córdova
Young-Adult, Fantasy, Magic.
Hodder & Stoughton

An epic tale of revenge and redemption in a world where a memory thief must fight against terrifying monarchs bent on the destruction of her people.

When the royal family of Puerto Leones sets out to destroy magic through a grand and terrible inquisition, spy and memory-thief Renata seeks to kill the prince, leader of the King’s Justice, who plans to use a terrible new weapon to wipe out the magic of the Moria…

For fans who enjoyed the ferocity of Ember in the Ashes, INCENDIARY explores the double-edged sword of memory and the triumph of hope and love in the midst of fear and oppression.



MY REV (Copy)

I’m not familiar with Zoraida Córdova’s previous works but I really wanted to give this a shot because I loved the synopsis. Sadly, this left me with mixed feelings. It wasn’t a bad read because there isn’t anything wrong with the book but things started to get predictable for me in the second half. Nonetheless, it was a good start to a new series.

The story follows a rebel spy and memory thief named Renata. With a simple touch, she can steal memories from other people and can even leave them as empty shell with no memories. In the Kingdom of Moira, people with magic are hunted down especially people with dangerous abilities like Ren. When the boy she loves gets captured by the Royal family, she sets on a journey to rescue him. She doesn’t have much childhood memories of  the time she had spent in the palace but when she finally gets there, all her horrifying past and secrets unravels before her.

Renata is a complex heroine who always has inner conflicts. Being Robari is a gift but also a curse to her. With lots of people’s memories in her mind, she can’t distinguish hers from others. She’s always guarded and doesn’t even trust herself. She’s strong yet vulnerable character. From the start, I liked Prince Castian. Even though he’s on the enemy side, It was easy to guess that he wasn’t a bad guy. Commander Dez, leader of the rebel unit isn’t bad. I’m not surprised that there’s a triangle in this book. Honestly, I’m a sucker for rebel hunks, but this time I’m going to root for the Prince. There are also some supporting characters but they aren’t really memorable enough to describe.

Plotwise this isn’t a original story because it has some predictable twists, tropes, and clichés. Despite that, I can certainly say that people would enjoy reading it if you’re in the right mood. Don’t pick this up if you’re in a book slump. It was mostly a slow paced read and the story felt a bit longer than needed. The author’s writing was great though. The book was written in Ren’s POV. The world building was superb. It is a YA fantasy set in a world inspired by 15th century Spain, reimagining the Inquisition. The magical system was interesting. There are people with different types of magical abilities. There’s memory thief who’re called Robari, Persuári who can influence peoples feelings, Ventári who can detect lies, and  Illusionári who can create illusions.

Overall, I enjoyed this book but I’m not totally in love with it. The book ends with a surprising twist which I saw coming from the start but I’m still eager to know what happens next.

Recommend it?

I would recommend this book to all the YA fantasy lovers! It has some predictable tropes so lower your expectations before jumping into it.


[3.5/5 Stars]

So, What do you think of this book? Have you read it yet? Do you Plan to read it?
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7 thoughts on “Incendiary (Hollow Crown #1) By Zoraida Córdova [Review]

  1. anovelglimpse October 5, 2020 / 9:47 pm

    That’s a bummer that it was so predictable. 😦 At least it was decent otherwise. Maybe the series will get better.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader October 6, 2020 / 2:17 am

    This is one of the very “less than enthusiastic” reviews that I have seen for this book Raven! Very ineteresting too.

    Liked by 1 person

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