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Review: Echoes and Empires

Title: Echoes and Empires

Series: Echoes and Empires #1

Author: Morgan Rhodes

Release Date: 1/4/22

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Find it here: Goodreads

Synopsis from Goodreads: Josslyn Drake knows only three things about magic: it’s rare, illegal, and always deadly. So when she’s caught up in a robbery gone wrong at the Queen’s Gala and infected by a dangerous piece of magic—one that allows her to step into the memories of an infamously evil warlock—she finds herself living her worst nightmare. Joss needs the magic removed before it corrupts her soul and kills her. But in Ironport, the cost of doing magic is death, and seeking help might mean scheduling her own execution. There’s nobody she can trust.

Nobody, that is, except wanted criminal Jericho Nox, who offers her a deal: his help extracting the magic in exchange for the magic itself. And though she’s not thrilled to be working with a thief, especially one as infuriating (and infuriatingly handsome) as Jericho, Joss is desperate enough to accept.

But Jericho is nothing like Joss expects. The closer she grows with Jericho and the more she sees of the world outside her pampered life in the city, the more Joss begins to question the beliefs she’s always taken for granted—beliefs about right and wrong, about power and magic, and even about herself.

In an empire built on lies, the truth may be her greatest weapon.

My Review: I enjoyed the premise for this one and while I was excited for it, it really wasn't the book for me. I didn't realize that this story had a mix of modern technology and magic, which never works for me. For whatever reason I am not a fan of Urban fantasy. I also felt like the author didn't really explain how this world would have worked. I also just didn't like the main character. I was expecting a lot of sass from the description but she felt flat to me. I also didn't love the romance. I did enjoy the plot but overall this book was not for me.

*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All opinions

are my own.*

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