Book Review: The Never Tilting World

Title: The Never Tilting World
Author: Rin Chupeco
My rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐
Series: 
The Never Tilting World #1
Genre/s and tags: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBTQ+, F/F romance
Content warnings: Violence, descriptions of death, mentions of physical abuse from a mentor, mentions of sexual abuse, trauma/PTSD
Goodreads synopsis:

Frozen meets Mad Max in this epic teen fantasy duology bursting with star-crossed romance, immortal heroines, and elemental magic, perfect for fans of Furyborn.

Generations of twin goddesses have long ruled Aeon. But seventeen years ago, one sister’s betrayal defied an ancient prophecy and split their world in two. The planet ceased to spin, and a Great Abyss now divides two realms: one cloaked in perpetual night, the other scorched by an unrelenting sun.

While one sister rules Aranth—a frozen city surrounded by a storm-wracked sea —her twin inhabits the sand-locked Golden City. Each goddess has raised a daughter, and each keeps her own secrets about her sister’s betrayal.

But when shadowy forces begin to call their daughters, Odessa and Haidee, back to the site of the Breaking, the two young goddesses —along with a powerful healer from Aranth, and a mouthy desert scavenger —set out on separate journeys across treacherous wastelands, desperate to heal their broken world. No matter the sacrifice it demands.

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Rin Chupeco has been on my radar for quite some time now, but I always have trouble finding their books at the bookstore. Fortunately, I received The Never Tilting World from the Light and Dark crate from Magical Reads Crate last year! And now, I got to read it!

The Never Tilting World is a story full of adventure, romance, secrets, and dark magic. It took me on quite a journey and I want more!

My thoughts about The Never Tilting World

The Never Tilting World has four perspectives, four characters taking turns in telling the story. This can be confusing at times, but I loved it. It was effective for me because as a reader, I kept on guessing, I kept on wondering, and I kept on turning the pages in search of the answers.

I also loved how the story explored and featured a couple of significant things: what it means to be powerful and the danger that comes with it, dealing and coping with trauma, learning to overcome prejudice and biases, a young woman defying gender norms in terms her roles and responsibilities, overcoming an abusive mentor/colleague, various environmental concerns, and more.

I also have to commend the author for taking the time to build the character arcs of the characters in this book, especially Odessa! Her perspective was chilling and brilliant, and I felt that I was really inside her head. I adored the other characters as well, and most of all Arjun! The romance was an exciting part of the story as well!

The plot was really intriguing. It can get confusing sometimes, but I believe it’s exactly the intention of the author. The characters didn’t know the truth and were searching for answers, and so was I. I was with them with every struggle, every confusion, and every mystery.

The world-building. Gosh, the world-building is amazing! From the history and the mythology, to the intricate magic-system that relied on the environment, to the demons and the creatures that the characters encountered on their journeys, they all made the fictional world of Aeon so brilliant! Also, the very thought of a world that doesn’t spin, where one half is stuck in a scorching day and the other is stuck in the freezing night, is enough to suck me into the story.

Quotes from the book

“A demoness is what men call a goddess they cannot control.”

“There is healing for the body, but there is also healing for the mind.”

“I had literally battered down seas, dispelled storms. Surely coming clean about my feelings was an easier task.”

“People don’t think much about the truth when the lies sound more interesting, Your Holiness.”

“I personally wasn’t interested in bringing kids into this kind of future, or expecting to live long enough to spend it with someone else.”

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Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I cannot wait for the sequel! (That ending was a cliffhanger! AAAHHHHH)

How about you book nerds? Have you read this book yet?

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