Published by Griffin Teen on March 22nd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult Fiction, Action & Adventure, General, Fantasy
ARC provided by St. Martin's Press
For eighteen years a girl with no name, a Redwing, has been hidden away in a small attic room within a city of hissing pipes and curving temples perched on the side of the great volcano, Mol, while her sister, Jey-identical except for her eyes-has lived her life in public as an only child. Their father had hoped the hidden girl would one day grow up to be a normal human girl and not the wicked creature mythology has promised, so he secretly spared her life as an infant.
But when she switches places with her sister, striking up a flirtation with the son of the Empress while working in the royal gardens and gets attacks by two suspicious priests on her journey home, she is forced to call forth fire to protect herself, unleashing her previously dormant powers and letting her secret out. She soon catches the attention of a cult with a thousand year old grudge as well as a group of underground rebels, both seeking her for their own gain. But when her sister goes missing and the Redwing uncovers a great plot to awaken Mol and bring fiery destruction upon them all, she is forced to embrace her powers.
In Adi Rule's stunning new novel, The Hidden Twin, the girl with no name, must finally choose a name and a path for herself, drawing a line between myth and history to prove herself more than a monster if she is to save both her sister and her home.
The premise for this The Hidden Twin was so interesting. This is a hard review to do because (the cover is gorgeous, and) I wanted so much to like this book.
A girl with no name is born a twin. She is identical to her sister, except she has blue eyes. Oh, and she is also a Redwing. Redwings are suppose to be a myth. Redwings are fire monster, born of lava, and so they are killed at birth. Spared by her human father she is kept a secret her whole life due to her possible identity. She lives through her sister’s stories. When her sister agrees to trade places with her for just one day she manages to accidentally flirt with the most powerful son in the kingdom and gets identified by a cult of priests. When her sister is captured in an effort to draw her out, she face what she might actually be.
The Hidden Twin story started off pretty good. I liked the no name main character at first. She comes across as such a sweet and sheltered girl. Her father and sister seem like they are trying to protect her, at least at first. As the story progressed, it became clear that her sister was a bit bratty and her father was not really home much. I was a little confused when people were chasing the her. Then, when the one person she met on her one day out ended up being the most powerful son in the kingdom, I lost interest really fast.
First of all, the main character doesn’t even have a name. So we start following this no name person who never leaves the house. Her history, or how she came to be, was pretty interesting, but that’s it. She has no idea what she is, or even if she is a dangerous thing. All she knows is that her blood is black and her eyes are not the same as her sister’s. Also, her family doesn’t really know either. The only people who seem certain are the cult of priests. When faced with them, she does the most monstrous thing. It was hard to understand her motivations in this story. I didn’t really feel anything for the girl with no name, or her mission.
The world building in this story left much to be desired. I know that the town is near a volcano, but other than that not much is given. I really had a hard time picturing the scenes and the characters in this story. The kingdom (?) isn’t really explained much. We meet one royal player in this story. I didn’t understand the slaves verses the workers at the palace. The difference wasn’t clearly explained.
For me this story was a complete miss. I have to admit it did pick up and towards the end I felt like I had to see it through. This story was very character driven and I had a real hard time connecting with the characters. Sadly, I don’t recommend this book.