ARC Review: Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria

BeneaththeCitadelBeneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria

Published by Amulet on October 9, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 480 Format: eARC Source: NG

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

I acquired this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

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 behind the walls of the citadel. Her only allies are no-nonsense Alys, easygoing Evander, and perpetually underestimated Newt, and Cassa struggles to come to terms with the legacy of rebellion her dead parents have left her — and the fear that she may be inadequate to shoulder the burden. But by the time Cassa and her friends uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, it may be too late to save the city — or themselves.


After reading Destiny Soria’s debut I knew I needed to pick up Beneath the Citadel as soon as possible. Thankfully I was just as enthralled with this one as her first book. With impeccable worldbuilding and a unique story, Soria sets the reading stage and Cassa, Evander, Newt, Alys, and the rest breathe life into her words. It’s non stop action with lots of emotions and I flew through it.

I’m a sucker for found families and friendship tales and this book fits that bill perfectly. There’s Cassa, who may be bold, brave, and reckless but it makes her an excellent leader; Alys, asexual and anxiety ridden, is handy with medicinal properties and can even read the future; Evander, her bisexual brother, has charm for days and can control silver; and Newt, able to contort his body and sneak around, make up the core group. Their relationships are dynamic and endearing so I could read them forever.

Right from the start this book had a hold on me. With our main four being sentenced to death in the beginning, Soria drops the reader in the thick of it and never lets us catch a breath. As they race against time, the city of Eldra; it’s history, politics, and religion unfurls. It’s an atmospheric place with a maze of tunnels under the citadel as well as valleys and forests in the outskirts. Plus this book is packed with twists and turn that will leave you reeling.

Overall Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria was a fast-paced standalone with incredible characters that stole my heart. Cassa, Evander, Newt, and Alys provided so much energy for the story and their complicated lives and intense quest made for an intriguing narrative. All of this combines into a wonderful book and I absolutely recommend picking it up.

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