Format: E-Book, 464 pages
Release Date: March 27, 2018
Publisher: Knopf Books For Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy / Historical
Get ready for more magic in the dark, dazzling, action-packed sequel to Blood Rose Rebellion.
Sixteen-year old Anna Arden was once just the magically barren girl from an elite Luminate family. Now she has broken the Binding—and Praetheria, the creatures held captive by the spell, wreak havoc across Europe. Lower-class citizens have access to magic for the first time, while other Luminates lose theirs forever. Austria and Hungary are at odds once more.
Anna thought the Praetheria were on her side, grateful to be free from the Binding. She thought her cousin Matyas’s blood sacrifice would bring peace, equality, justice. She thought her future looked like a society that would let her love a Romani boy, Gabor.
But with the Monarchy breathing down her neck and the Praetheria intimidating her at every turn, it seems the conspiracies have only just begun.
As threat of war sweeps the region, Anna quickly discovers she can’t solve everything on her own. Now there’s only one other person who might be able to save the country before war breaks out. The one person Anna was sure she’d never see again. A bandit. A fellow outlaw. A man known as the King of Crows. Matyas.
Series Overview: Sixteen-year-old Anna, never capable in magic, finds she holds the key to reshape the nature of magic and the ways of society—but it will be a dangerous journey.
Lost Crow Conspiracy is the second installment in author Rosalyn Eves Blood Rose Rebellion series. The story alternates POV between Anna Arden and a second character who I will talk about later. As the story picks up, it is May 1848, and Anna is living in Vienna, Austria with her sister Catherine and her British diplomat husband. Anna's life hasn't been the same since she released the so called Praetheria from their thousand year old prison by breaking the binding.
Even though some call her the Heroine of Hungary, Austrians have not forgiven or forgotten her role in releasing Hungarian rebels in Buda-Pest and saving her friends lives. If they knew about her role in breaking the binding, she would be in even more trouble. Especially with the Luminates, who lost control over who can actually use magic or not, demanding answers to who was responsible. Now that Anna has broken the binding, people from any class have the ability to be a conduit for magic.
People are also not aware that Anna is a chimera, or a two souled person who can shatter spells. Not even her sister who notices almost everything. Thankfully, only 4 people are aware of that secret. Anna finds herself in the presence of Habsburg royalty in this story. Archduke Franz Joseph and Archduchess Sophie are pivotal to the stories political machinations as well as a whole slew of trouble for Anna.
But, Anna hasn't forgotten about her deal with Hunger for his help in Hungary, and on that issue, she enters the fray of a political world that has no love for the newly freed
Praetertheria. That brings Anna to the Congress of Praetheria which is convening to address the unwanted visitor to this new world of reality. The world is split on what to do with the Praetheria from Russia granting them all sanctuary, to England wanting to prevent this from happening. She's being courted by a royal, while her heart lies with a Romani who continues to believe they have no future together.
Anna faces a huge fallout from not telling certain people about what really happened to her cousin Maytas. It also means that we, as readers, get to see what really happened to Maytas. (Some think this is a huge spoiler. Sorry folks!) We get to meet a whole new cast of characters. Matyas' path to finding out who he really is and what path he will eventually take, and what he is actually capable of, leads him to the company of the Goddess of Hungary Boldogasszony and less righteous thieves and bandits.
Matyas story is the more action packed, while Anna's is the most politically driven. As the story works towards a world at war, it will be interesting to see how Eves resolves Anna's troubles and whether or not she will find happiness in the face of tremendous challenges and difficulties.
Would I recommend this story? Yes, I would. I love the historical figures that are intertwined into the story. I love how Anna takes the world on her shoulders and tries to survive without losing everyone she loves, including her own sister who has never been one of Anna's strongest supporters. Anna and Matyas stories
"You think because I am a girl, I am weak. Because I speak for those who are given no voice here, my voice should matter less. You are wrong, on both counts." —Anna
"Magic comes from life force. Magic is not soul, but soul fuel magic. The stronger your soul, the stronger your magic. Humans are fools to think praetheria have no souls. It is because we have big souls, old souls, that we have such powerful magic. And you, because you are a chimera, you have two souls. You could have great magic, if you were not afraid." Vasilisa, Praetherian