Review of ‘Twin Daggers’ (Twin Daggers #1)

Twin Daggers by MarcyKate Connolly is a action and adventure spy thriller that takes a fantasy spin on the tale of Romeo and Juliet.

A Fantastical Retelling

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Twin Daggers by MarcyKate Connolly
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A magical fantasy retelling of Romeo and Juliet. In the fair Technocrats city, twin sisters Aissa and Zandria spy and infiltrate the highest parts of society so that they can destroy the people that decimated her people. As magi, they are thought of as dangerous, people who must be killed on the spot. However, Aissa, on a mission, meets a Technocrat researcher who is determined to find a cure for Heartless, Technocrats who were born without hearts and have steam-powered hearts to keep them alive.

Two kids from different worlds, each one determined to destroy the other come together in unveiling something even more horrible.

It is a compelling story with many allusions to Romeo and Juliet but different enough to make it unique. The character dynamics, the plotline, and the story altogether, they make the story unique and fresh. Admittedly, the story drags just a little because Connolly, she gives much devotion to the world-building, which is okay, but it seems as though some scenes were just there. Some scenes don’t seem to add to the characterization or to the world-building and where there as space fillers.

Steampunk & Fantasy

As the story blends steampunk and fantasy, they worked to give the story a fresh edge that kept the reader enthralled in the world-building and history that slowly unveils as the story progresses. Steampunk is such a cool genre and Connolly celebrates it with her storytelling and skill at detail and scene structure.

As for the characterization, there were times when Aissa fell flat, but her tension, her drive, and her conflicted narrative do resonate throughout the novel. In those scenes where the tension is high, those are the scenes where Aissa comes alive, especially when she works her magic. Aissa’s development is slow, but it does happen, allowing the readers to relate to her and like her.

Admittedly the romance, it forms to quickly, which is a little unbelievable, but Aro is a charming character and a good foil for Aissa. So their evolution works for the development of the plot.

Twin Daggers is a compelling, exciting story for readers interested in new retellings that meld genre’s together. (★★★★☆)

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Product Details:

Pub Date: Aug. 25, 2020

Page count: 368pp

Age Range: 13 & Over

ISBN: 978-0-3107-6814-2

Publisher: Blink

List Price: $18.99

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