Illusionary is the final book in The Hollow Crown Duology by Zoraida Cordova.
𝑨 𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒂 𝒄𝒓𝒐𝒘𝒏, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑾𝒉𝒊𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒓 𝒘𝒉𝒐 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒏𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒃𝒆 𝒔𝒊𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆𝒅Zoraida Cordova
In the previous book Ren and Castian set out to look for Dez and the Knife of Memory. The Knife of Memory is the only way to stop the King of Puerto Leones and prevent a war with the Moria.
On one side Cebrián is leading the Whispers and Dez is trying to get the Knife of Memory to give it to Cebrián.
Then the King also wants the Knife to control the Moria.
So everything is riding on this one Knife and a Robári is the one who can wield it. The Knife can be used only once then it returns back to its resting place and the one who uses it has to pay a heavy cost.
After Renata’s encounter with Cebrián, her powers are going haywire. They are changing, memories slipping out of The Grey, Renata getting lost in those occurrences, all control that she had is slowly declining and she constantly worries what would happen if a memory completely took control of her mind.
Renata’s character development was massive here. She learnt to control her powers, she started to accept who she was, she learnt to live and she fought to prevent two kingdoms from slaughtering each other, even if that meant she had to sacrifice herself to do it, she did it fearlessly. I admire her a lot.
I have added another name to my book crushes list and that is Castian. He is so gorgeous.
Castian wants to build a new world where the people of Puerto Leones and Moria live harmoniously. No more wars, no more discrimination of the Moria, no more Moria puppets. This vision gave him the drive to find the Knife of Memory more and then there’s Renata of course.
Their relationship was a bit rocky in the beginning. Renata called Cas her “ardent enemy” and that she hated him. These statements hurt him a lot. The slow burn was so good and the angst.. my God.. I was so frustrated by both of them. The fact that Cas loved her almost his whole life and Renata just forgot him was a huge *uuuggghhh* moment for me. I can understand that all she knew about Cas was his cruelty and that all her good memories with Cas were buried in The Grey. Thankfully she gave in to her feelings and loved him.
When he indirectly told Renata that she was the only one in his heart, that she was the only one who was always with him just to tell her that he would always remember her even if she forgot who he was, was just beautiful.
𝑰𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒔 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝑰 𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒈𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒖𝒑, 𝑰 𝒓𝒆𝒎𝒆𝒎𝒃𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝒚𝒐𝒖. 𝑴𝒚 𝒇𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒅 𝒘𝒉𝒐 𝒔𝒂𝒗𝒆𝒅 𝒎𝒆 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒔𝒕 𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒅 𝒐𝒇 𝒍𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔Zoraida Cordova
Leo is officially my favourite character in this series. I love him. He is such a great friend and so loyal and humorous. He just lightens up a heavy mood. Renata and Leo’s friendship was precious and perfect.
Even though Dez changed sides by the end of the book and fought on Renata’s side, I still don’t like him. I may not hate him now but I do not like him.
In this book we see a whole different side of the King of Puerto Leones. A backstory that just took me completely by surprise. It also changed the way I saw the King a bit.
Cordova has done an amazing job writing this book. It is so beautiful and amazing. I loved it with all my heart. The description, the extension of the world; The Kingdom of Moria; was just so well written. I was just swept away in it.
The Epilogue had me in tears. It was such a happy ending. My heart is full of joy.
I immensely thank Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for the eArc.
Released on 11/05/21