Series: Nemesis #1
Publication Date: October 4th, 2016
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Author: Anna Banks
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Summary: Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king’s servitude.
Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But Mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.
Sepora’s gift may be able to save Tarik’s kingdom. But should she risk exposing herself and her growing feelings for her nemesis?
Ship: Sepora x Tarik
Fave Cinnamon Rolls: Tarik, Numa, The Cat
Needed BROTP: None
Actual Review: Nemesis is, IMO, a practically perfect example of the enemies to lovers trope because it hasn’t fully resolved and it was slow burn. We meet Tarik & Sepora separately in their own separate POV chapters and get backgrounds before they finally meet.
First we meet Sepora and slowly find out why she is on the run from her home and making her way to Tarik’s kingdom. Sepora must first travel through the Wastelands before she arrives in the enemy territory. But traveling is hard for sepora and she must forge every so often to replenish her energy & strength. For Sepora is a Forger of spectorium, the most sought after mineral material in all the kingdoms. And only produced by Forger’s with silver eyes and a unique ability. Of course Sepora is no damsel in distress and can take good care of herself. But even strong independent women can be caught off guard. A series of events leads her to being sold into the Royal harem where she attempts to escape because she is of the mind that Women are not things that can be bought or sold (how modern) even though she was sold into the lap of luxury as Tarik basically has no use of his newly acquired Harem after his father passes.
Tarik is first introduced under very sad events. His father has taken ill under a new disease that the Healer’s are unsure of how to cure and are eventually too late. Tarik must now become King at not even 20 years old. He has on his side ,at least, his father’ most trusted adviser,Rashidi, to help guide him through the daily workings and traditions of being King.
Sepora and Tarik’s meeting is volatile and full of mouthing off and two hot headed teenagers being just that, with a touch of Rashidi’s scoffing at how ill-mannered Sepora is.
And it just builds from there. Tarik is being pressured over multiple issues from illnesses to potential impending war and Sepora must battle with her innerself over her abilities and the potential war coming from her former kingdom. All the while , falling in love with the king of her kingdom’s nemesis.
The romance is slow build and has great twists and turns and boy howdy did it culminate in quite the twist. Like complete did not see that coming. The enemies to lover trope is in full swing and is still building by the end of Nemesis. I personally can not wait for Ally.