The Moutain of Kept Memory by Rachel Neumeier
Genres/Themes: Fantasy, New Adult, Sci-Fi, War, Gods/Slight Religion
*I received this book through netgalley, but all following thoughts and opinions are my own*
Right until the end I really didn’t know what I thought about this book. Honestly, I also thought it was a series until I came onto review it, so that was kinda affecting me, but I’m glad it isn’t a series.
Summary from Goodreads:
Long ago the Kieba, last goddess in the world, raised up her mountain in the drylands of Carastind. Ever since then she has dwelled and protected the world from unending plagues and danger…
Gulien Madalin, heir to the throne of Carastind, finds himself more interested in ancient history than the tedious business of government and watching his father rule. But Gulien suspects that his father has offended the Kieba so seriously that she has withdrawn her protection from the kingdom. Worse, he fears that Carastind’s enemies suspect this as well.
Then he learns that he is right. And invasion is imminent.
Meanwhile Gulien’s sister Oressa has focused on what’s important: avoiding the attention of her royal father while keeping track of all the secrets at court. But when she overhears news about the threatened invasion, she’s shocked to discover what her father plans to give away in order to buy peace.
But Carastind’s enemies will not agree to peace at any price. They intend to not only conquer the kingdom, but also cast down the Kieba and steal her power. Now, Gulien and Oressa must decide where their most important loyalties lie, and what price they are willing to pay to protect the Kieba, their home, and the world.
A lot is going on here, some of which I still don’t understand. The basic fantasy old time stuff I understood, but the sci-fi aspect I don’t understand at all. I think at the end I kinda understood, but I still really don’t… I feel like it could have been explained better throughout rather than jammed all together in the time of need. Also, the plagues… those aren’t normal plagues… that was kinda interesting, but the word ‘plague’ through me off for a few chapters.
I did like the characters. They were all so different and had their own way of doing things. There is a little romance, but it is definitely slow burning and not at all the main focus. I liked that even though I wanted So. Much. More. I really liked them. Even at the end I didn’t understand the King though. I also would have loved to read some of this through Gajdosik’s POV. He ended up being my favorite character!
I thought the setting and description was done well for the most part. The one thing I kinda disliked was how the map in the front didn’t have the other places mentioned (Gontai, etc.). I’m sure this was done because the characters didn’t know about the places, but it was a little weird. Also, how great is trade if they aren’t going all over the world?
In the end, I ended up reading all of it (sometimes touch and go). If you don’t mind POV changes every chapter and you like fantasy while being kept in the dark trying to figure out the mystery, I think you will like this. Honestly, not a bad book. It just so happens I don’t think this was entirely my style.