The Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae
Release Date: June 16th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Holly Black, this enthralling fantasy adventure follows a teenage girl chosen to be the human sacrifice in a deadly game between three heirs who will do anything for the crown.
Zahru has long dreamed of leaving the kingdom of Orkena and having the kinds of adventures she’s only ever heard about in stories. But as a lowly Whisperer, her power to commune with animals means that her place is serving in the royal stables until the day her magic runs dry.
All that changes when the ailing ruler invokes the Crossing: a death-defying race across the desert, in which the first of his heirs to finish—and take the life of a human sacrifice at the journey’s end—will ascend to the throne and be granted unparalleled abilities.
With all of the kingdom abuzz, Zahru leaps at the chance to change her fate if just for a night by sneaking into the palace for a taste of the revelry. But the minor indiscretion turns into a deadly mistake when she gets caught up in a feud between the heirs and is forced to become the Crossing’s human sacrifice. Zahru is left with only one hope for survival: somehow figuring out how to overcome the most dangerous people in the world.
If you like:
- YA Fantasy
- Adventure & Magic
- Slow Burn Romance
Then this is for you!
Towards the beginning of the year when I was working on compiling my list of upcoming releases for the year and came across this title! It was first the simplistic cover that drew me in, then I read the synopsis and fell in love with the concept of this book! Unfortunately, I didn’t get a review copy upon requesting it on my own, but The FFBC had announced this tour and I hopped on the chance to review it and was given a spot on this tour!
The Kinder Poison takes place in a world where people have different types of powers from being able to communicate with animals to wielding different elements of the earth. The strongest of those who hold magic are going to the palace to become one of the royal siblings protector in their journey to become the next heir.
The book begins with Zahru and her friend Hen getting on the boat to travel to the palace to watch the beginning of the celebration of the Royals picking their traveling companion.
Her world is turned upside down when the people checking the guest in on the boat realizes the alias that she used to leave and mistakes her for someone with more power than a girl who can communicate with animal, but it’s to late to fess up.
“Being compassionate doesn’t make you weak”
Zahru finds herself wrapped up in the crazy sibling rivalry between Jet (the brother who the majority wants to rule), Kasta (the mysterious prince who feels like he has something to prove), and Sakira (the princess that is only seen as a pretty face put wants to prove her worth) when she is chosen as Kasta’s protector in the journey.
“I want to believe you. I don’t yet, but I want to”
Jet chuckles sadly. “And that will be the very thing they write on my tomb.”
Things turn bad when Kasta suspects Zahru and Jet plotting against and goes to kill Zahru when she gets the make of the gods as the sacrifice keeping her alive just long enough to see the next heir.
Through the journey, Zahru is somehow traded between the siblings where they each have their reason for wanting her next to their side for the last checkpoint in the race to win. Near death experiences and traveling in the desert causes her to learn secrets of some and making relationships grow.
“His hood has fallen back from his eyes. The river’s reflection fleck his irises green, and I try to take in every detail of his face, this prince who will soon be no more than a legend, a rumor children will talk about like a ghost.”
This is one of my favorite fantasy books I’ve read this year! I like fantasy, but I can find it hard to get into some books because of some worlds being over detailed or a million different plots going on in the first book, but The Kinder Poison is beautifully written with a story that tells itself without having to add hundreds of fillers to entice readers.
“The ones who seem the most impervious to it are the ones who need it the most.”
I can’t wait to read the next book to read about these characters since there was a pretty good size cliff hanger!
Natalie Mae is an ex-programmer, dessert enthusiast, and author of young adult novels. She has also been a freelance editor and Pitch Wars mentor, and feels it notable to mention she once held a job where she had to feed spiders.
She now writes full-time at home with a bag of dark chocolates in one hand and a leopard cat on her lap. She is most definitely not checking Instagram right now.
The full tour schedule can be found on The FFBC website!
Click HERE to enter!
Prize: Win (1) of (5) copies of THE KINDER POISON by Natalie Mae (US Only)
Starts: 10th June 2020
Ends: 24th June 2020
A huge thanks to The FFBC for giving me the opportunity to participate in this blog tour!
***Please note that my favorite quotes from the book could have changed during editing!***
Happy reading until next time,
This is my Review of the Month for the book review link-up on LovelyAudiobooks.info.