Published by AC Novels on February 1, 2022
Series: The truth within #1
Genres: adult, Fantasy & Magic, Romance
Source: Paperback from Author
Long ago, war ravaged the lands of Estrana, until an agreement was set. A tentative peace is now on the verge of collapse from centuries-old prejudices. Verena never sought to conquer, nor rule, but betrayal forced her hand. To protect the forsaken, she must attend the quarter century meeting. And assume her place at the demon High Lord's table, just as her parents before.
The blood in Verena's veins determined her path, but other's secrets will decide her fate. A lineage she has always denounced now weighs heavy upon her shoulders. The power of an Empress was never a weapon she wanted to wield, but for her people, she will take what is hers, by battle and blood. High Lady she was born, but an Empress she was destined to become.
The Empress of Scarred Secrets is the first book in the adult fantasy series called, The Truths Within by Andrea Corbin. I am so happy to have discovered Andrea and her debut novel because I loved this book. This is a great representation of adult fantasy, with a fantastic story and great group of diverse characters. I honestly enjoyed basically everything about this book, and I cannot wait to continue on with the series. (The cliffhanger in this novel kind of killed me and I demand book 2 right now. please and thank you.) If you are a fan of adult fantasy, you need to read The Empress of Scarred Secrets.
In The Empress of Scarred Secrets we meet our main character, Verena. The thing I enjoyed most about Verena was how complex she is, and how relatable she came across to me. Around Verena is a vast world and great group of characters. A land set on the precipice of war, Verena travels to attend the quarter century meeting and assume her place at the Demon Lords table.
I was so intrigued by the story. I loved how vast the world was and I loved all the types of beings that reside in the world. There are humans, demons, wyverns, half demons to name a few. And the characters were fantastic as well. I loved Sev and Marik- Verena’s two guardians. I am so ready for the next book in the series. But be warned- there is a killer cliffhanger at the end of this story. If you are a fan of epic adult fantasies with a great, diverse cast of characters, a cool story and a wonderful main character with a good dose of spice, then The Empress of Scarred Secrets is a book you need to check out right now. I can’t wait for book two!