#BookTok phenomenon and award-winning author Alex Aster delivers readers a masterfully written, utterly gripping YA fantasy novel
Welcome to the Centennial.
Every 100 years, the island of Lightlark appears to host the Centennial, a deadly game that only the rulers of six realms are invited to play. The invitation is a summons—a call to embrace victory and ruin, baubles and blood. The Centennial offers the six rulers one final chance to break the curses that have plagued their realms for centuries. Each ruler has something to hide. Each realm’s curse is uniquely wicked. To destroy the curses, one ruler must die.
Isla Crown is the young ruler of Wildling—a realm of temptresses cursed to kill anyone they fall in love with. They are feared and despised, and are counting on Isla to end their suffering by succeeding at the Centennial.
To survive, Isla must lie, cheat, and betray…even as love complicates everything.
Filled with secrets, deception, romance, and twists worthy of the darkest thrillers, Lightlark is a must-read for fans of legendary fantasy writers Marie Lu, Marissa Meyer, and Leigh Bardugo.
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With shades of the Hunger Games series, Alex Aster’s action-packed fantasy combines breathtaking magic with heart-stopping danger. Lightlark is an island that appears once every 100 years for 100 days. During that time, the rulers from the six surrounding realms descend on the island to compete in a grand championship for a treasured prize: a chance to break the curse that’s been tormenting the people of all six realms for centuries. Aster has serious world-building chops. We were particularly bewitched by Isla Crown, the ruler of the realm of Wilding, whose subjects have been cursed to kill those they fall in love with. Romance, danger, and captivating fantasy live side by side in this unforgettable story, the first book in the Lightlark series.
Love love love!!!!!
Couldn’t put it down!! I’ll be anxiously awaiting the next book and dying to know what’s behind the DOOR!
While the idea is great - the end piece will leave you wanting. The writing was rushed, flat in most areas and the world building wasn’t thought through. I was hoping for something more but was left wanting.