ARC Spoiler-Free Review: CRIER’S WAR by Nina Varela

#MediaGalReads’ spoiler-free ARC review of CRIER’S WAR by Nina Varela

CRIER’S WAR by Nina Varela is a really fantastic sci-fi fantasy featuring a F/F relationship. This post does not contain spoilers.

I happily obtained this ARC from HarperTeen as I write for Epic Reads. Here is the summary and shortened review.


After the War of Kinds ravaged the kingdom of Rabu, the Automae, designed to be the playthings of royals, usurped their owners’ estates and bent the human race to their will.

Now Ayla, a human servant rising in the ranks at the House of the Sovereign, dreams of avenging her family’s death…by killing the sovereign’s daughter, Lady Crier.

Crier was Made to be beautiful, flawless, and to carry on her father’s legacy. But that was before her betrothal to the enigmatic Scyre Kinok, before she discovered her father isn’t the benevolent king she once admired, and most importantly, before she met Ayla.

Now, with growing human unrest across the land, pressures from a foreign queen, and an evil new leader on the rise, Crier and Ayla find there may be only one path to love: war. 

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Why I was interested: As mentioned above, I was sent this book due to my freelance work. However, I loved the concept of a sci-fi/fantasy that brings in technology that borders magic. The idea of a created kind fascinated me and I wondered how the relationships between Automae and humanity would be presented.

Judge a book by it’s cover: My ARC cover is a very pretty marble-looking pattern of white, light blue, purple and brown. The book’s official cover is really cool with the Made heart, both girls, the ever-curving castle, and a futuristic yet fantasy-like pattern that looks like it has been carved into metal. 

What to expect: Lots of technology with an old-school fantasy feel, a slow burn F/F romance, awesome details like letters, pages of history books and more. If you want a genre-bending book, this one is perfect. It is a smart first book in a new trilogy.

Why you should pick this book up: This debut book is a great start to trilogy that feels fresh and new. It has a really nice pace, great worldbuilding, and is wonderful if you’re more a fantasy person who is interested in getting into sci-fi books– or even vice versa. I love how Varela craftily intertwines the backstory and history so well into the main story.

Want more?: This book will be published on Tuesday, Oct. 1. My spoiler review will be published here on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

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