Generations of twin goddesses have long ruled Aeon. But seventeen years ago, one sister’s betrayal defied an ancient prophecy and split their world in two. The planet ceased to spin, and a Great Abyss now divides two realms: one cloaked in perpetual night, the other scorched by an unrelenting sun.
While one sister rules Aranth—a frozen city surrounded by a storm-wracked sea —her twin inhabits the sand-locked Golden City. Each goddess has raised a daughter, and each keeps her own secrets about her sister’s betrayal.
But when shadowy forces begin to call their daughters, Odessa and Haidee, back to the site of the Breaking, the two young goddesses —along with a powerful healer from Aranth, and a mouthy desert scavenger —set out on separate journeys across treacherous wastelands, desperate to heal their broken world. No matter the sacrifice it demands.
I had no expectations set for this book, but wow, how was this not at the top of my TBR.
This is a book about a world broken, with one half perpetually in darkness and the other in perpetual sun. The environment and landscape have been irrevocably changed, but no one knows exactly what happened. The ruling goddesses keep their respective daughters, Odessa and Haidee, from the truth, until they can’t anymore. Lan and Odessa travel to the point where the world broke to try and heal Odessa of her chronic illness. Haidee and Arjun travel to find answers about Haidee’s mother.
This book has a lot of parallels with the current climate crisis, including the feeling that older generations have left it up to the younger generation to fix. It’s also about family secrets and the corrupting influence of power.
The biggest selling point is the characters. Like, oh my god, I love them all, it’s hard to properly talk about them. There are four points of view in total.
Odessa is sapphic and has a chronic illness. Lan is also sapphic with PTSD. They were maybe my favorite adventure to read about as Odessa struggles with understanding her purpose and handling new powers as well as life outside the palace. Lan handles her PTSD and feelings toward Odessa. They were just!!! So soft!!! But also dealt with so much angst it was just, perfect.
Arjun is described as having dark skin, wearing a head scarf, and is an amputee. He’s the classic cynic to Haidee’s naivety, and that dynamic worked so well as they discover the desert.
There are so many questions I still have even after reading, about the world and what happened in the past. I cannot wait to read the sequel.
This book gets 4.5 stars! This was a bit of a messy review because I don’t want to give spoilers, btu trust me when I say the characters and their arcs were wonderful.