I picked up A Throne for Sisters by Moran Rice on Amazon for my Kindle because it was free, a quick read and I was struggling to get into another book. It follows 2 orphan girls in a world where they are the lowest of the low. The first few pages instantly made me think of Hetty Feather by Jacqueline Wilson purely because of the fact that one of the main characters is an orphan, has red hair, and seems to be someone who gets into trouble often. But that was where it ended. These orphans aren’t normal girls, they also have a special ability, they can read people’s thoughts.
Take a look at the blurb;
‘In A THRONE FOR SISTERS (Book one), Sophia, 17, and her younger sister Kate, 15, are desperate to leave their horrific orphanage. Orphans, unwanted and unloved, they nonetheless dream of coming of age elsewhere, of finding a better life, even if that means living on the streets of the brutal city of Ashton.
Sophia and Kate, also best friends, have each other’s backs—and yet they want different things from life. Sophia, a romantic, more elegant, dreams of entering court and finding a noble to fall in love with. Kate, a fighter, dreams of mastering the sword, of battling dragons, and becoming a warrior. They are both united, though, by their secret, paranormal power to read other’s minds, their only saving grace in a world that seems bent to destroy them.
As they each embark on a quest and adventure their own ways, they struggle to survive. Faced with choices neither can imagine, their choices may propel them to the highest power—or plunge them to the lowest depths.
A THRONE FOR SISTERS is the first book in a dazzling new fantasy series rife with love, heartbreak, tragedy, action, magic, sorcery, fate and heart-pounding suspense. A page turner, it is filled with characters that will make you fall in love, and a world you will never forget.’
The plot – One sister wants to live the life of a wealthy member of the court, while her younger sister wants to become someone who can fend for herself, who can hunt and fight and take care of them both. Of course, after escaping the horrific torture of the orphanage, they both head for their dreams, quickly discovering that it isn’t as easy as they hoped.
The characters – Each chapter switches between the girls, Sophia and Kate. Sophia wants the glamorous life while Kate wants the simple life. They are generally well developed but I feel that there could be more to them. They don’t stand out, they just seem to be bland and don’t particularly have much depth to them, in my opinion.
The ending – This seemed rushed, and obviously it was a hanger to draw you in to the next book. The world of both girls fall apart towards the end, but I feel that it was really rushed and could have been so much more. It was simple. Plain. Boring. Rice really could have made it something more spectacular, something that blew the reader away, it was a pfft, not a bang.
Overall I did enjoy this book as a quick read but I honestly believe it could have been so much more. At first I was looking at giving 3 or 4 stars, but closer to the end my rating dropped. Where was the emotion? Where was the suspense and drama? It wasn’t there, and that disappointed me big time. Personally, I feel this needs more detail, description and character development. I couldn’t visualise the setting very well because it wasn’t described enough. I’m not sure now if I will read the rest of this series, maybe I will, but right now it isn’t on the table.
2 out of 5 stars