Tuesday 8 November 2022

Book Review: The Ones We Burn by Rebecca Mix

The Ones We Burn by Rebecca Mix book cover

AD* | Monster. Butcher. Bloodwinn.

Ranka is tired of death. All she wants now is to be left alone, living out her days in Witchik’s wild north with the coven that raised her, attempting to forget the horrors of her past. But when she is named Bloodwinn, the next treaty bride to the human kingdom of Isodal, her coven sends her south with a single directive: kill him. Easy enough, for a blood-witch whose magic compels her to kill.

Except the prince is gentle, kind, and terrified of her. He doesn’t want to marry Ranka; he doesn’t want to be king at all. And it’s his sister - the wickedly smart, infuriatingly beautiful Princess Aramis - who seems to be the real threat.

But when witches start turning up dead, murdered by a mysterious, magical plague, Aramis makes Ranka an offer: help her develop a cure, and in return, she’ll help Ranka learn to contain her deadly magic. As the coup draws nearer and the plague spreads, Ranka is forced to question everything she thought she knew about her power, her past, and who she’s meant to fight for. Soon, she will have to decide between the coven that raised her and the princess who sees beyond the monster they shaped her to be.

But as the bodies pile up, a monster may be exactly what they need.

Introducing an epic new fantasy world, The Ones We Burn is a sweeping tale of war, revenge, politics, and unlikely love. 

The main character is a young witch named Ranka. She has faced a difficult life, struggling to survive in the harsh northern lands of Witchik before being shunned by her coven when she became a blood witch. However, Ranka's toughest trials are still ahead of her as she is chosen as the next Bloodwinn. She is compelled to travel to the capital of Isodal to marry the prince in order to honour the Bloodwinn treaty. 

Ranka is a great character, fiercely protective of those she holds dear - a warrior with a soft, human side. It's great to see how she grows and her character develops throughout the book. She learns to make her own decisions and stand on her own two feet, leading to a significant impact on both Isodal and Witchik alike.

Galen and Aramis, the prince and princess, are about as different as can be despite being siblings. Galen is gentle and reserved; Aramis is fire personified. The two are firm friends despite their differences, and it's really interesting to see how the arrival of Ranka impacts their relationship with one another. After all, despite the treaty proclaiming that the Bloodwinn must marry the prince, it actually turns out that a different sibling may well have caught Ranka's eye... 

I enjoyed this book and would love to read more about Ranka, Aramis, Galen and Percy in the future!

Rating: 4 stars

The Ones We Burn is available to buy now.

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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