Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria

Beneath the Citadel

In the city of Eldra, people are ruled by ancient prophecies. For centuries, the high council has stayed in power by virtue of the prophecies of the elder seers. After the last infallible prophecy came to pass, growing unrest led to murders and an eventual rebellion that raged for more than a decade.
In the present day, Cassa, the orphaned daughter of rebels, is determined to fight back against the high council, which governs Eldra from beh...

Details Beneath the Citadel

TitleBeneath the Citadel
Release DateOct 9th, 2018
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Lgbt

Reviews Beneath the Citadel

  • Melanie
    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. “Deep beneath the citadel, the executioner was waiting.” Beneath the Citadel really impressed me throughout. Not only is this a really solid and satisfying standalone, and not only does it have some pretty amazing rep, but the story is also so unique. Every time I opened this book up, I never wanted to put it down. The book starts out with four of our main charact...
  • Carrie
    Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria is a young adult fantasy read. This one has been compared a bit to Six of Crows and I can see that comparison in the somewhat rag tag group of teens coming together and going against their society.The story takes place in the city of Eldra where a group of teens have come together as a last effort in a rebellion against the council. Told from their different points of view the book starts as each have been cap...
  • may ➹
    this is the most shocking book ending I’ve read this year and it hurts so much but also I LOVE IT4.5 stars, review to come!!// buddy read with my fav, my fav, and my not fav
  • ✨Brithanie Faith✨
    4/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐E-ARC provided by NetGalley and ABRAMS Kids in exchange for an honest review.Beneath The Citadel by Destiny Soria is a YA, fantasy standalone that follows a group of friends as they uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, and fight to save the city of Eldra from it's supposed fate. Pros:❇There was a lot to love about this book! First of all, going into this I had no idea there would be bisexual (as well as as...
  • Anthony ➳ KeepReadingForward ➳
    I fought slumps and life to get through this book. I feel victorious.RTC
  • Amanda
    This is absolute fantasy gold. One of the best books of the year. Comparable to Six or crows. Filled with amazing world building and amazing character development. This is one that you don't want to miss.
  • Jessica
    Excellent YA high fantasy with alchemy, magic, and mystery.Really enjoyed all the twists and turns in this YA fantasy novel. Narrated by 6 different characters, all keeping secrets, readers slowly learn of the history of the Citadel, its religious leadership, and the relationships between these characters. Though this allows the plot to unfold slowly, this is a very character-driven novel, and so understanding each of their histories and motivati...
  • Ellie
    Y’all. Omg. Read this damn book. Full review to come. 🖤
  • Kelly
    Okay that was one of the best things I've ever read. I loved every word, every syllable in this absolutely EPIC story of time and truth and friendship and legacy and rebellion and love and loss. I will be rereading this till the end of time and possibly longer. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH...
  • J.A. Ironside
    ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewBeneath the Citadel was a pleasant surprise. I'm not sure what I was expecting but it certainly wasn't this fast paced adventure story about the importance of choice and the consequences of believing you have none. There are five viewpoint characters - wildfire Cassa, daughter of dead rebel parents trying desperately to live up to their legacy; Plump and clever Alys, supremely disdainful o...
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    Beneath the Citadel was so good!  This book is fast paced and hard to put down.  I read it slowly, but only because there was so much to take in and pay attention to.  I apologize now for my mess of a review.  It's kind of hard to talk about much without giving things away. The book is narrated by multiple characters.  We mostly hear from Cassa, Evander, Alys, and Newt.  But also from Vesper at times.  The world building happens throughou...
  • charlotte
    We are not foretold. Galley provided by publisherBeneath the Citadel has been high on my to read shelf since pretty much the first moment I heard about it. The synopsis gives off vague Six of Crows vibes, so I'm fairly sure if you liked that, you will also like this one.The story follows five points of view - Cassa, Evander, Newt, Alys and Vesper - five teens who are fighting against the corrupt council of the citadel itself. Cassa is the daughte...
  • Kate (Reading Through Infinity)
    I had high hopes for this book but it sadly fell flat. The main characters were likable enough and the concept of rooks who can control memories was an imaginative one, but there were so many plot holes that the story lost a lot of cohesion. The flashback chapters weren't integrated well either, and the narrative had far too much telling and not enough showing. One of the book's redeeming features was its diversity: there are black and POC chara...
  • The Nerd Daily
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Tasha LeighIn the city of Eldra, the people live under the constant and watchful eye of the Council, a group of elite citizens organised to maintain control of the city after a rebellion that lasted 100 years. Guided by the infallible prophecies of powerful rooks of the bygone age, the council have been unstoppable and unrelenting in their quest for power. Now however, the events of the last prop...
  • Olivia
    3.5 starsCW: panic attacks, anxiety, PTSD, death of parents[E-arc provided by Netgalley. This doesn’t reflect my opinion or the content of my review.]This was my introduction to Destiny’s work, and while it wasn’t especially great, I did enjoy it. I went in basically clueless, and I think that’s the way to do it. This was a fun fantasy read that I’m sure others will enjoy as well.All of the protagonists were flawed and interesting, whic...
  • Kate (beautifulbookland)
    Beneath the Citadel did give off Six of Crows vibes; a group of teenagers teaming up to cause mayhem with, with a brilliant and overconfident leader, plenty of bickering and banter, and some seriously fantastic representation. We have Cassa (the brilliant leader and my favourite), Alys (a plus-sized ace girl who also struggles with anxiety), Evander (easygoing but could Fuck You Up; also bisexual and cute af) and Newt (quiet and reserved and has ...
  • michelle (magicalreads)
    3.5 starsread on my blogThe summary for Beneath the Citadel was really the thing that caught my eye. Rebels, prophecies, and a ragtag group of misfits? Sounds like my kind of thing. Unfortunately, I did not love this book as much as I thought I would, although I did find it an enjoyable read.I liked the world building, with its four subsets of magical (idk the word tbh) beings: seers, rooks, diviners, and sentients. It was interesting reading abo...
  • Kaleena ★ Reader Voracious
    "We are not foretold." Beneath the Citadel is a standalone young adult fantasy which at its heart challenges the notion of destiny and predetermination. The city of Eldra has been ruled for centuries by the High Council, which maintains its power through prophecy. It's been four years since the rebellion was quelled, but there's a ragtag group of friends determined to fight back against the council so that the all the lives lost meant something....
  • Ashleigh | Wild Heart Reads
    With the failed rebellion nothing more than a memory, the people of Eldra are content to be lead by the Council. But what the people don't know is that the power the Council has wielded with such devastation is slipping out of their control. As the Council's power wanes and their desperation grows, Cassa is ready to set the city on fire and free it from the Council's corrupt grasp. "In a place like this, it was easy to get lost in those memories...
  • Jackie
    A harrowing adventure deep in the dark catacombs of the citadel sets the stage for showdown where the fight for power comes with a deadly cost. “Beneath the Citadel” begins on judgement day where the execution of four would be revolutionaries is fast approaching but with quick thinking and varying talents they manage to escape only to find themselves face to face with a creature looking to make a deal and as the stakes get higher they are for...
  • Felicia Mathews (Bookishly Slytherclaw)
    Beneath the Citadel is such a good book. It's very fast paced, but I did and up reading it slower than I usually read a book because so much is going on and I didn't want to miss anything. The cast of characters is amazing and I loved that the story went back and forth from the point of views of the various characters. Absolutely a five star read for me! Will definitely be rereading.
  • Lulai
    I really enjoy this book, if you like Six of Crows you will love this book. It 's got the same vibes. A group of teens who fight for freedom in a big citadelle with magic and trichery. I really like it.
  • Lauren Schuyler James (storied.adventures)
    Full review on my blog, Storied Adventures3.5 Stars!I LOVED the story, writing, and magic system! I for once, didn't know where we were going and I LOVED it! And that ending!!!! Surprise of the century, I tell ya what! WOW! I didn't like the character chemistry. I liked them all individually, but when they interacted together they were ALWAYS irritated with each other. And not endearing banter. I was just like, "Why the heck are you irritated now...
  • Alicia (A Kernel of Nonsense)
    *I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher which does not influence my review*Destiny Soria’s Beneath the Citadel has interesting political and magical systems, but I found the story overall to be a little too convoluted. Soria’s debut Iron Cast‘s biggest strength was the friendship at its center and it’s the same with this sophomore novel. Beneath the Citadel focuses on four friends infiltrating the center of an all-powerful...
  • Julie
    This is....the perfect book??? If you love Six of Crows, this is absolutely a book for you. There's this amazing group dynamic and varying view points and lots of queer characters (including an asexual main character), there's also really great anxiety rep and there's great looks at class and the way different skills are important and the examination of FRIENDSHIP and also has one of the SWEETEST ROMANCES EVER I LOVED IT SO MUCH I just love this ...
  • Bethany
    Actual Rating: 3.5 StarsI struggled a little bit with how to rate this one. I think this is a case of a story and world with lots of potential and an execution that is good, but not great. Beneath the Citadel is a YA fantasy set in a world where prophecies rule everything via a self-interested council. It follows a group of teenagers whose parents were involved in or adjacent to the (now crushed) rebellion, as they seek to take down the council a...