Beneath the Citadel
In the city of Eldra, people are ruled by ancient prophecies. For centuries, the high council has stayed in power by virtue of the prophecies of the elder seers. After the last infallible prophecy came to pass, growing unrest led to murders and an eventual rebellion that raged for more than a decade.
 
In the present day, Cassa, the orphaned daughter of rebels, is determined to fight back against the high council, which governs Eldra from behind the walls of the citadel. Her only allies are no-nonsense Alys, easygoing Evander, and perpetually underestimated Newt, and Cassa struggles to come to terms with the legacy of rebellion her dead parents have left her — and the fear that she may be inadequate to shoulder the burden. But by the time Cassa and her friends uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, it may be too late to save the city — or themselves.

Beneath the Citadel Details

TitleBeneath the Citadel
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 9th, 2018
PublisherAmulet
ISBN-139781419731464
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Lgbt

Beneath the Citadel Review

  • Em
    January 1, 1970
    life sucks but at least there’s this book about bi boys and plus-size ace girls teaming up to achieve the impossible that I can look forward to
  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. “Deep beneath the citadel, the executioner was waiting.” Beneath the Citadel really impressed me throughout. Not only is this a really solid and satisfying standalone, and not only does it have some pretty amazing rep, but the story is also so unique. Every time I opened this book up, I never wanted to put it down. The book starts out with four of our main characters being thrown into the dungeons, after being senten ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. “Deep beneath the citadel, the executioner was waiting.” Beneath the Citadel really impressed me throughout. Not only is this a really solid and satisfying standalone, and not only does it have some pretty amazing rep, but the story is also so unique. Every time I opened this book up, I never wanted to put it down. The book starts out with four of our main characters being thrown into the dungeons, after being sentenced to death. Yet, this was completely their intention. From the opening scene, throughout the rest of the book, these group of five ragtag teens come together to try to pull off a quest that will completely change everything they’ve ever known. ➽ Cassa - PoC, and the leader whose parents left behind a huge rebellion legacy for her to try to live up to. Cassa is brave, and strong, and willing to do anything to erase the pain she feels inside, while also attempting to make the world a better place. ➽ Vesper - Cassa’s old best friend, who has betrayed them and who is put in a dangerous predicament because of her past with Cassa. I don’t want to say much else, but Vesper is a really cool character, who I loved learning more and more about. ➽ Alys - Plus sized, PoC, ace spectrum, has severe anxiety, and the genius of the group! Alys also is a bit if a prophetess, even though it has lead her astray in the past. Also, her parents are apothecary rebels. ➽ Evander - Bisexual, PoC, the charmer of the group, and is Alys’ brother! Also, he has a bit of magical power with manipulating silver that he received for a cost. ➽ Newt - Gay, a contortionist, and the sneaky rogue-like one of the group! Also, living with past trauma of an abusive parent. (And probably my favorite of the entire group!) “He learned how to hold a world of hatred inside of him without a single crack in his exterior calm. Sometimes he felt like that was his greatest accomplishment. And sometimes he wished the Valeras hadn’t done him the favor of letting his father live.” But beneath the citadel, something else lurks deep below. Cassa and her friends are offered two bargains, both of which they are unsure of taking. But time is ticking, and they have to make a choice; to help what everyone thinks is a monster down below, or to help what Cassa knows is a true monster above. And this story is told in the span of five days, so decisions happen rather quickly. Yet, I do think that this is a book about friendship, found family, and how important it is to surround yourself with people who will accept you and unconditionally love you. These five teens have all been dealt very different hands in life, but they’ve all come together and truly try to make this world a better place. I honestly loved this entire cast. “I’ll tell you the story,” he said. “I can’t promise you’ll believe me, but I promise it’s all true.” I’ll be honest, this book reminded me a bit of Six of Crows and Senlin Ascends, which I’m not sure there is a more desirable combination on this planet. The characters all won me over so quickly. The story had me constantly questioning, while unable to put the book down, because I had to find out what the truth was. And this book had some pretty amazing (and heartbreaking) twists and turns along the way. Overall, I really enjoyed this and would completely recommend. Not only is it unique, but Destiny Soria really took the time to put in some amazing diversity and representation in this book. I personally loved the bisexual representation, and the m/m romance was so pure and completely stole my heart. And I’m so impressed with what this author was able to deliver, both character and world building wise, in a standalone. This was a wonderful ride that I hope you all pick up come October 9th! Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | TwitchThe quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.Content and trigger warnings for loss of a loved one, torture, abuse, murder, death, captivity, medical experimentation, panic and anxiety attacks, depictions of blood, and heavy depictions of grief and trauma. Buddy read with: Kaleena at Reader Voracious.com, May at Forever and Everly, Julianna at Paper Blots, & Jules at JA Ironside! ❤
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria is a young adult fantasy read. This one has been compared a bit to Six of Crows and I can see that comparison in the somewhat rag tag group of teens coming together and going against their society.The story takes place in the city of Eldra where a group of teens have come together as a last effort in a rebellion against the council. Told from their different points of view the book starts as each have been captured after an attempt to sneak into the citadel a Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria is a young adult fantasy read. This one has been compared a bit to Six of Crows and I can see that comparison in the somewhat rag tag group of teens coming together and going against their society.The story takes place in the city of Eldra where a group of teens have come together as a last effort in a rebellion against the council. Told from their different points of view the book starts as each have been captured after an attempt to sneak into the citadel and are about to be sentenced to their deaths.Obviously the story is not going to end in the opening chapters so there’s a plan of escape on the horizon for readers as the story gets going rather quickly. With this there is also the beginnings of the different types of magic brought in with each of the group having different abilities and personalities.Now, for me I debated quite a while on my rating for this one as it jumps right in and took off at a fast pace which I loved. However then the world and character building seemed to start being dumped in after the bang of an opening and it slowed the story down somewhat. Once going again I did like the story until the end which I won’t go into but it just seemed a bit off the way some things were dealt with. So overall I’m going with 3 stars but it’s falling around 3-3.5 to me.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • may ➹
    January 1, 1970
    this is the most shocking book ending I’ve read this year and it hurts so much but also I LOVE IT4.5 stars, review to come!!// buddy read with my fav, my fav, and my not fav
  • ✨Brithanie Faith✨
    January 1, 1970
    4/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐E-ARC provided by NetGalley and ABRAMS Kids in exchange for an honest review.Beneath The Citadel by Destiny Soria is a YA, fantasy standalone that follows a group of friends as they uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, and fight to save the city of Eldra from it's supposed fate. Pros:❇There was a lot to love about this book! First of all, going into this I had no idea there would be bisexual (as well as asexual) representation, and talk of panic attacks (which is s 4/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐E-ARC provided by NetGalley and ABRAMS Kids in exchange for an honest review.Beneath The Citadel by Destiny Soria is a YA, fantasy standalone that follows a group of friends as they uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, and fight to save the city of Eldra from it's supposed fate. Pros:❇️There was a lot to love about this book! First of all, going into this I had no idea there would be bisexual (as well as asexual) representation, and talk of panic attacks (which is slowly making it's way into the fantasy genre, but we're not quite there yet). I found it really easy to accept, and root for this particular cast of characters, and though I took my sweet time reading this one, when I WAS reading it I had difficulty putting it down! 😊Cons:❇️While I had no major issues, I found myself wanting more (as is the case with most fantasy standalone's). Everything was wrapped up in the end, but I couldn't help but wish there was going to be a sequel. Final Thoughts/Comments:❇️This title is expected to release on the 9th of October, 2018. I'm normally not the biggest fan of comparing books, and recommending books based on anything I've previously read, but I requested this because someone told me it reminded them of Six Of Crows, and I think if you're a fan of one-there's a chance you'll be a fan of the other. 😊
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  • Anthony ➳ KeepReadingForward ➳
    January 1, 1970
    I fought slumps and life to get through this book. I feel victorious.RTC
  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    This is absolute fantasy gold. One of the best books of the year. Comparable to Six or crows. Filled with amazing world building and amazing character development. This is one that you don't want to miss.
  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent YA high fantasy with alchemy, magic, and mystery.Really enjoyed all the twists and turns in this YA fantasy novel. Narrated by 6 different characters, all keeping secrets, readers slowly learn of the history of the Citadel, its religious leadership, and the relationships between these characters. Though this allows the plot to unfold slowly, this is a very character-driven novel, and so understanding each of their histories and motivations is key to following the plot. As most of the n Excellent YA high fantasy with alchemy, magic, and mystery.Really enjoyed all the twists and turns in this YA fantasy novel. Narrated by 6 different characters, all keeping secrets, readers slowly learn of the history of the Citadel, its religious leadership, and the relationships between these characters. Though this allows the plot to unfold slowly, this is a very character-driven novel, and so understanding each of their histories and motivations is key to following the plot. As most of the narrators are teenagers (friends, siblings, former/future lovers) their interactions are often teasing, witty, and fun.I appreciated author Destiny Soria’s approach to ‘magic’ - various abilities, prophecies, and control of certain elements. Not every character possesses one of these abilities, but the world of ‘Beneath the Citadel’ thrives upon the use of elder seer’s prophecies. These prophecies have kept the powerful council in their positions for centuries and led to rebellions for equality.LGBTQ+ friendly. Gay, bi, and ace characters to be found here. This clean YA fantasy acknowledges character sexuality without making it a central focus point. I liked that the attributes were as mentioned just as casually as their height or hair color.Can't recommend this book enough! I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. Read more reviews! http://dreamerjbookreviews.blogspot.com #CitadelBook #NetGalley
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  • Ellie
    January 1, 1970
    Y’all. Omg. Read this damn book. Full review to come. 🖤
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t know anything about this besides a brief reference to it having bi characters and my current is thought is basically who’s sending me an arc✨Arc received from the publisher via Edelweiss for an honest review. [ releases: October 2018.]
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Okay that was one of the best things I've ever read. I loved every word, every syllable in this absolutely EPIC story of time and truth and friendship and legacy and rebellion and love and loss. I will be rereading this till the end of time and possibly longer. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Okay that was one of the best things I've ever read. I loved every word, every syllable in this absolutely EPIC story of time and truth and friendship and legacy and rebellion and love and loss. I will be rereading this till the end of time and possibly longer. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
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  • J.A. Ironside
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewBeneath the Citadel was a pleasant surprise. I'm not sure what I was expecting but it certainly wasn't this fast paced adventure story about the importance of choice and the consequences of believing you have none. There are five viewpoint characters - wildfire Cassa, daughter of dead rebel parents trying desperately to live up to their legacy; Plump and clever Alys, supremely disdainful on the outside , a maelstrom within; Evander, her h ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewBeneath the Citadel was a pleasant surprise. I'm not sure what I was expecting but it certainly wasn't this fast paced adventure story about the importance of choice and the consequences of believing you have none. There are five viewpoint characters - wildfire Cassa, daughter of dead rebel parents trying desperately to live up to their legacy; Plump and clever Alys, supremely disdainful on the outside , a maelstrom within; Evander, her happy-go-luck trickster brother, and Newt, outwardly calm and competent, a natural sneak for whom still waters run deep. And then there's Vesper who is in a position more difficult than her friends can imagine, one that will test every fibre of her moral courage.The Citadel itself is almost a character in it'sown right. Basically there's the Citadel and the city - a very definite divide between the elite and the unprivileged. The Citadel is dedicated to the religion of the Slain God - in this respect it's a theocratic state - and the council run everything, using the infallible prophecies to foil revolts and uprisings. Basically, he Slain God left his mark on certain bloodlines and children of those bloodlines sometimes manifest one of his gifts - Sentience - the ability to read thoughts, truth or lies in someone's face, Divination - the ability to read the future in coins or bones or some other device and Rookery - the ability to take and store other people's memories with a touch. Because the council have all the knowledge of the future, it's impossible for people to rise up against their corrupt regime. This is actually very clever if you think about it (if a bit disheartening) because if someone knows what you'll do before you even o it, then where are your choices? Where is your freedom to act? Easy enough to twist things from there ad say that free will is a lie and anything you manage to do, you are permitted to do by the will of the god, and anything you don't manage to do was condemned by the same.The five MCs form an unlikely team of misfits attempting to bring down the Citadel and end the corrupt regime despite having everything stacked against them. But they have reckoned without the High Chancellor who is playing a far longer game and the monster that lurks in the dark caverns beneath the Citadel.This was a fast paced fantasy adventure with a slight 'Six of Crows' vibe. The characters were sufficiently developed and engaging. There was decent diversity rep (a bi boy, a probably gay boy, an asexual girl) without it derailing the story. There was a healthy portrayal of relationships and break us here too which is no mean feat when it's not part of the main arc in a fantasy novel and it doesn't throw the story off. I felt that we never really went emotionally deep with the characters and occasionally the message was a little heavy handed but that's me being super picky. There were one or two small plot holes or hanging threads. I found Solan under developed as a character. That said there's no sag here. It careers along at a decent clip, interspersed with interludes of back story which add to the story instead of feeling info dumpy., and hits a very satisfying if slightly unexpected end. Ok in hindsight I could see it was foreshadowed but I just never expected the author to do that. I wasn't left feeling cheated though. So all in all this was a great book. Quite a find. I highly recommend it for those looking to fill the Six of Crows void and fans of team fantasy adventure in general. Buddy read with Melanie
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  • The Nerd Daily
    January 1, 1970
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Tasha LeighIn the city of Eldra, the people live under the constant and watchful eye of the Council, a group of elite citizens organised to maintain control of the city after a rebellion that lasted 100 years. Guided by the infallible prophecies of powerful rooks of the bygone age, the council have been unstoppable and unrelenting in their quest for power. Now however, the events of the last prophecy have come to pass and their future is unknown Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Tasha LeighIn the city of Eldra, the people live under the constant and watchful eye of the Council, a group of elite citizens organised to maintain control of the city after a rebellion that lasted 100 years. Guided by the infallible prophecies of powerful rooks of the bygone age, the council have been unstoppable and unrelenting in their quest for power. Now however, the events of the last prophecy have come to pass and their future is unknown.Cassa Valera lives overshadowed by the legacy of her dead parents, the last leaders of the Rebellion’s final stand. Cut down while Cassa was just a child, she relies on her friends to help her through. Tired of the Council’s unending lies and manipulation, she decides to take a stand. Will her scheming pay off? Or will her efforts lead to her own demise?The story starts out with four teenagers—Cassa, Evander, Alys and Newt—going before the council to have their fate determined; they have been caught breaking into the Citadel (the seat of power of the Council), an offense punishable by death. Each of them had their own role to play and will be punished accordingly. There was however supposed to be a fifth conspirator, Vesper, a rather smart lass who was nowhere to be found when the plan went down—obviously she must have turned.After being sentenced to death, the quartet are escorted back to their individual cells to await their execution. Being a resourceful bunch, each doomed teen utilises their skills to make a daring escape from the prison. Once they have gained their freedom, they must escape the city, however, fate has other plans for the group. Finding themselves lost in the endless tunnels under the Citadel, Alys makes a choice that changes the course of their young lives, thrusting them right into the path of their supposed executioner.At times, this novel was a struggle to finish as the narrative seemed to hit regular lulls—these were quickly forgotten once the story hit a point of action. The idea that rooks (seers/oracles) and sentients (mind readers/seers of the past) were two completely separate ‘breeds’ was an interesting one departing from the traditionally clairvoyant character. Also, the idea of having to undergo a transformation to be bloodbound to an element rather than being born with the ability was a refreshing change from the norm.The world building within was nothing less than amazing. Regardless of whether there was a map present or not, the ability to track characters movements was relatively simple, enabling the audience to get a fairly thorough idea of where and when events took place.Taking place from varying characters point of views could have caused an audible groan from those who prefer single narrators. In Citadel, the transitions were logical and relatively smooth as events were told in chronological order. This enabled each character to firmly know their place and undergo their own journey of self discovery; their individual personalities allow different interpretations of the events, moulding the character path through the world of Eldra.The villains of this novel have distinct purpose and while initially seeming to take on the traditional role, by the conclusion each has undergone their own transformation. Solan is especially of note with his first presentation being that of a helpless old man being held hostage by a society who wish to use him for their own personal gain. In the final chapters, however, it is quite obvious that he is a diabolical genius and deserves an Oscar for his previous performances.While not a particularly obvious LGBQT+ novel, this book includes a relationships between two same-sex characters. While initially single sided, by the end a relationship has formed. Traditionally these sorts of interactions are thrown in the face of the reader and can become quite obnoxious—within Citadel, it is oft alluded to however serves as more of an undertone rather than a primary plot point.Overall, Beneath the Citadel is a well written entry into the world of YA fantasy. The character development, relationships, and fast pacing throughout the majority make it an enjoyable read with the worldbuilding greatly influencing potential enjoyment of the tale. While the sexual orientation of at least two major players may be seen as unacceptable within mainstream fiction by some, I would strongly recommend at least giving it a go.
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  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    January 1, 1970
    Beneath the Citadel was so good!  This book is fast paced and hard to put down.  I read it slowly, but only because there was so much to take in and pay attention to.  I apologize now for my mess of a review.  It's kind of hard to talk about much without giving things away. The book is narrated by multiple characters.  We mostly hear from Cassa, Evander, Alys, and Newt.  But also from Vesper at times.  The world building happens throughout the book.  We find out some things early on, but other t Beneath the Citadel was so good!  This book is fast paced and hard to put down.  I read it slowly, but only because there was so much to take in and pay attention to.  I apologize now for my mess of a review.  It's kind of hard to talk about much without giving things away. The book is narrated by multiple characters.  We mostly hear from Cassa, Evander, Alys, and Newt.  But also from Vesper at times.  The world building happens throughout the book.  We find out some things early on, but other things come out later in the book.Cassa is sort of the leader.  She and Evander dated for awhile, but they're no longer together.  Cassa's parents were killed during the rebellion and she wants revenge on the people that killed them.  Evander has a blood bond with silver.  He can control silver without even touching it.  While he was with Cassa before, he has feelings for Newt.Alys is Evander's sister.  She's super smart, but insecure.  Especially with her ability to see and predict things in the future.Newt might have been my favorite.  He's small and uses contortion and dislocation to get into and out of small spaces.  He is very sweet and obviously in love with Evander.Vesper was Cassa's best friend, but she betrays the group on their mission.  She decided to stay behind and when things go wrong, Cassa realizes it's Vesper who betrayed them.Cassa, Evander, Alys, and Newt break into the Citadel.  They want to know why people are dying for no reason.  They are just dropping dead.  They know there is an executioner, but they don't know much about him.  This all changes when they come face to face with him.  The executioner tells the council prophecies.  They use they prophecies to control their people.  There are diviners, sentients, and rooks that are all part of the political system.  We find out more about all of these types of people throughout the book.  The executioner ends up being the one who is taking the memories of people.  They just drop where they are.  Solan, the executioner, tells the group about a plan he has.  He has been kept prisoner and he wants out.  They decide to try to help him because the plan fits in a bit with Cassa's revenge.   Vesper is helping her uncle in a different way and tries to get Cassa on her side.  There is so much more that happens, but I don't want to give anything away.  I really loved everything about this book and gave it 5 stars.  Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for my copy for review. 
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  • charlotte
    January 1, 1970
    We are not foretold. Galley provided by publisherBeneath the Citadel has been high on my to read shelf since pretty much the first moment I heard about it. The synopsis gives off vague Six of Crows vibes, so I'm fairly sure if you liked that, you will also like this one.The story follows five points of view - Cassa, Evander, Newt, Alys and Vesper - five teens who are fighting against the corrupt council of the citadel itself. Cassa is the daughter of two rebels who died when the chancellor brut We are not foretold. Galley provided by publisherBeneath the Citadel has been high on my to read shelf since pretty much the first moment I heard about it. The synopsis gives off vague Six of Crows vibes, so I'm fairly sure if you liked that, you will also like this one.The story follows five points of view - Cassa, Evander, Newt, Alys and Vesper - five teens who are fighting against the corrupt council of the citadel itself. Cassa is the daughter of two rebels who died when the chancellor brutally put down an attempted revolution. Evander and Alys are the children of two apothecaries, who were branded rebels after healing a true rebel, while Newt is the son of a man who betrayed the rebellion. Vesper, the final character, is the grandniece of the chancellor himself.The book opens up with Cassa, Evander, Newt and Alys being sentenced to death by the chancellor. It's definitely the kind of beginning to get you hooked quickly, and the plot is fairly rapid from thereon. In fact, the whole book only spans about five days. The POVs alternate, interspersed with occasional flashbacks into the past for exposition. I liked being able to see into all the characters' minds and everything, but occasionally it felt like having so many POVs left some plot threads underdeveloped, although that equally might have been because some of them also started in the past we did not see. Case in point: (view spoiler)[Vesper is shown within the first few chapters to have betrayed them to the council, but the only problem is, because you haven't seen how close Vesper and Cassa are, you've only been told it, there's no real emotional involvement in the betrayal (hide spoiler)]. Despite that, the characters themselves were probably what carried the book along for me. Yes, the plot itself was good, but I wouldn't have cared about a lot of it if I hadn't really liked the characters. It did take a little while for Alys and Cassa both to grow on me, but by the end I liked them as much as everyone else.One of the places this book falls down, however, is in its worldbuilding. There's an infodump right near the beginning, that includes explaining four types of powers (seers, sentients, diviners, and rooks) and bloodbonds, but I really still couldn't for the life of me tell you what the difference between seers and diviners is supposed to be. And even worse, I didn't realise that the citadel/city was even part of a country until about two thirds of the way through. Because the events happen solely enclosed within the city (which in itself seems to be somewhat insular and out of touch with the rest of the country), there was no need to really expand on the whole what's-the-rest-of-the-country-like idea. It felt instead like the city existed in a vacuum. Not to mention the fact that I can't really tell you that much distinctive about the city - there are some wards? Some tiers? Rich people live in the first ward, poor people in the lower wards? It's really not so much different from other fantasies in that respect. But like I said, I really did like the characters, and therefore the plot, so that kind of made up for any weaknesses in the worldbuilding.Finally, I really appreciate that, in this book, a fantasy book (and a high fantasy at that), Destiny Soria chose to use the word "bisexual". Because there have been so many fantasy books I've read where such "modern" terms for sexuality have been eschewed in favour of just not giving labels. In a completely made up world, there's no reason not to use these terms. So yeah. I liked that.And that ending. I don't want to spoil it, but I'll just say: Destiny Soria has some real guts.
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  • Kate (Reading Through Infinity)
    January 1, 1970
    I had high hopes for this book but it sadly fell flat. The main characters were likable enough and the concept of rooks who can control memories was an imaginative one, but there were so many plot holes that the story lost a lot of cohesion. The flashback chapters weren't integrated well either, and the narrative had far too much telling and not enough showing. One of the book's redeeming features was its diversity: there are black and POC characters, a character who's bisexual, a gay romance, I had high hopes for this book but it sadly fell flat. The main characters were likable enough and the concept of rooks who can control memories was an imaginative one, but there were so many plot holes that the story lost a lot of cohesion. The flashback chapters weren't integrated well either, and the narrative had far too much telling and not enough showing. One of the book's redeeming features was its diversity: there are black and POC characters, a character who's bisexual, a gay romance, and a character with anxiety who has panic attacks. But despite being wonderfully diverse, Beneath the Citadel was ended up being quite dull.
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  • Olivia
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsCW: panic attacks, anxiety, PTSD, death of parents[E-arc provided by Netgalley. This doesn’t reflect my opinion or the content of my review.]This was my introduction to Destiny’s work, and while it wasn’t especially great, I did enjoy it. I went in basically clueless, and I think that’s the way to do it. This was a fun fantasy read that I’m sure others will enjoy as well.All of the protagonists were flawed and interesting, which is a good thing since they’ve all got POV chapters through 3.5 starsCW: panic attacks, anxiety, PTSD, death of parents[E-arc provided by Netgalley. This doesn’t reflect my opinion or the content of my review.]This was my introduction to Destiny’s work, and while it wasn’t especially great, I did enjoy it. I went in basically clueless, and I think that’s the way to do it. This was a fun fantasy read that I’m sure others will enjoy as well.All of the protagonists were flawed and interesting, which is a good thing since they’ve all got POV chapters throughout the novel. I think they complemented each other, and I liked their banter and shenanigans. Ensemble casts can be hit or miss, and I can safely say this one was a bit.However, in my opinion, the stars of the story were definitely Newt and Evander. The latter is bi, the former is queer, and the two together are adorable. They have a glorious slow-burn romance, and I’m pretty sure 80% of my Kindle highlights were moments between them. They make my heart happy.ETA: There’s also an asexual protagonist. I think that part of her was written very well. I forgot to mention this when I originally wrote my review, so sorry about that.I also liked the magic system. It was unlike anything I can recall reading prior. There were rooks, seers, diviners, and sentients, and each one had some variation of divination and/or memory reading/manipulation abilities. There was also bloodbonding, a painful ritual that, if successful, could bond a person to a pure metal such as iron or silver. It was interesting, and explained in a way that avoided info-dumps.I’m going to be brief here to avoid spoilers, but I will say this: for me, killing protagonists is a risky path to take. It can be done well, but if it’s done, my biggest pet peeve is said protagonist(s) being revived or surprise! they managed to escape death. No. Either kill them off or leave them alone. Let’s just say that Destiny did this trope right.If you’re looking for a unique fantasy with protagonists of color and a side m/m romance, I recommend picking up this one when it releases October 9! I’m certainly going to read Destiny’s debut… eventually. 😉
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  • Kate (beautifulbookland)
    January 1, 1970
    Beneath the Citadel did give off Six of Crows vibes; a group of teenagers teaming up to cause mayhem with, with a brilliant and overconfident leader, plenty of bickering and banter, and some seriously fantastic representation. We have Cassa (the brilliant leader and my favourite), Alys (a plus-sized ace girl who also struggles with anxiety), Evander (easygoing but could Fuck You Up; also bisexual and cute af) and Newt (quiet and reserved and has such low self esteem that I just wanna squeeze him Beneath the Citadel did give off Six of Crows vibes; a group of teenagers teaming up to cause mayhem with, with a brilliant and overconfident leader, plenty of bickering and banter, and some seriously fantastic representation. We have Cassa (the brilliant leader and my favourite), Alys (a plus-sized ace girl who also struggles with anxiety), Evander (easygoing but could Fuck You Up; also bisexual and cute af) and Newt (quiet and reserved and has such low self esteem that I just wanna squeeze him; also gay and lusting after Evander). Okay so the characters are definitely this book’s strongest point for me, as I couldn’t really get into the story. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with the plot, but...it just didn’t grip me. It’s your typical kids-inherit-rebellion tale, only I can’t actually remember what they were rebelling against. This book is split into six different POVs: the gang, the High Chancellor and Vassa. Vassa used to be a part of the gang and Cassa’s BFF, but they parted with some bad feelings. I must admit, Vassa’s chapters bored me, but I did warm to her towards the end. Cassa was hands down my favourite; she was brave and reckless insecure, and I loved her.I would also like to say that the bad guy in this book totally fucking creeped me out, and I literally can’t remember the last time that happened with a YA fantasy. Holy hell, he was brutal. And, if you’re considering picking this book up, I would just like to warn you to have tissues on hand at the end, because not everyone makes it *wink wink cry cry**Thank you to Abrams & Chronicle for sending me an ARC*
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  • michelle (magicalreads)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsread on my blogThe summary for Beneath the Citadel was really the thing that caught my eye. Rebels, prophecies, and a ragtag group of misfits? Sounds like my kind of thing. Unfortunately, I did not love this book as much as I thought I would, although I did find it an enjoyable read.I liked the world building, with its four subsets of magical (idk the word tbh) beings: seers, rooks, diviners, and sentients. It was interesting reading about a land that ran on prophecies. However, other t 3.5 starsread on my blogThe summary for Beneath the Citadel was really the thing that caught my eye. Rebels, prophecies, and a ragtag group of misfits? Sounds like my kind of thing. Unfortunately, I did not love this book as much as I thought I would, although I did find it an enjoyable read.I liked the world building, with its four subsets of magical (idk the word tbh) beings: seers, rooks, diviners, and sentients. It was interesting reading about a land that ran on prophecies. However, other than that, there wasn't much world building. Why do the people depend on prophecies? That was never really explained; we just had to go with it.There were five different main points of view, which I liked. Each character had distinctive voices, which is always a good thing in my book. Also! Two of the characters had on-the-page representation using the words, which is so rare in fantasy. Alys is asexual, and her brother Evander is bisexual; Newt is never explicitly said, I don't think, but he has a thing with Evander so. Also! Alys has anxiety and is fat.A lot of what I didn't care for was the writing and the pacing. The four of them would plan something, and then literally in the next chapter, their plan would be wrecked. I mean, that's fine and all, but that happened like three or four different times, and I got tired of all the changes they had to make.The pacing was weird because we literally jump right into the plot. The first four chapters are each of the four being sentenced to death. And then? I thought we would flash back to why and how they started their plan, but we just kept going with a sentence or two to explain what happened before they were caught. It threw me off a little because it made it feel like the whole book had a middle and an end, with no beginning.If you know me at all, you probably know I'm a sucker for romances, even in books where they're not really centered in the plot. However, I thought the romance in this book was a bit superfluous. Like, I did not care at all. I just wanted to move through the plot but we would get scenes of **spoilers** Newt pining for Evander and vice versa. And then after a major thing happens at the end, and you'd think we'd get chapters with them dealing with it? Barely any of that but we do get two full chapters of Newt and Evander getting together. Honestly, at that point I didn't even care anymore and just skimmed those two chapters.And this is going to be a really random complaint but . . . I felt like this book was trying too hard to be like Six of Crows? It could just be me, unable to read anything with a band of misfits without comparing them to the SoC gang, but honestly there are so many comparisons you could make. Cassa is the leader who the rest of the gang follows and loves but also kinda hates. Newt and Wylan are basically the same character, right down to the daddy issues and crushing on another guy in the gang. The random flashbacks (the only time we would get any real backstory!) felt like it was imitating the pacing in SoC, except the flashbacks here were 4, maybe 5 pages of one-scene backstory while SoC actually built up over time. Yeah, again maybe all of this is just me reading too much into it idk.Beneath the Citadel is definitely a book you should pick up if you want a dead rebellion, a world built around prophecies, a lovable cast of characters, or all three. It's fast paced and the cast's interactions are nice to read. Check it out October 9!
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  • Dahlia
    January 1, 1970
    Fantasy with casts of characters who go on quests are one of my favorite things and this is a fun and engaging one with some great "Who the hell do I trust??" moments. On-page bi boy and fat ace girl, too. I'm also a huge fan of IRON CAST so basically Destiny Soria is on my auto-read list now.
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  • Kaleena ★ Reader Voracious
    January 1, 1970
    "We are not foretold." Beneath the Citadel is a standalone young adult fantasy which at its heart challenges the notion of destiny and predetermination. The city of Eldra has been ruled for centuries by the High Council, which maintains its power through prophecy. It's been four years since the rebellion was quelled, but there's a ragtag group of friends determined to fight back against the council so that the all the lives lost meant something. This is a difficult review for me to write. Whi "We are not foretold." Beneath the Citadel is a standalone young adult fantasy which at its heart challenges the notion of destiny and predetermination. The city of Eldra has been ruled for centuries by the High Council, which maintains its power through prophecy. It's been four years since the rebellion was quelled, but there's a ragtag group of friends determined to fight back against the council so that the all the lives lost meant something. This is a difficult review for me to write. While I enjoyed the overall plot and found it to be unique, the writing style didn't really work for me and I personally found the execution to be lacking. It is worth it to note that I buddy read this with Melanie, who loved it, and at the time of writing there is an average rating of 4.05 on Goodreads. While this book didn't hit the spot for me, I do recommend this book! So without further adieu, let's hop into the review! Opening Lines: "Four people were supposed to die at sunrise. The four members of the council sat in the Judgement Hall, prepared to declare the prisoners' fate. The high chancellor himself oversaw the proceedings, as was customary in trials for treason. Deep beneath the citadel, the executioner was waiting." I was blown away by the opening chapter and Soria managed to draw me in immediately with the first paragraph. In four lines she was able to set the stage: the political ceremony, who the players were, and the foreboding future. Who are these four traitors and what is their crime? To answer the latter question let's use the words of Cassa herself: "Why would I deny successfully infiltrating the Central Keep with nothing but some barrels and a pry bar? I'm really quite proud of myself." I love ragtag groups out to right a wrong, and this group of characters is precious. I really appreciated learning about their pasts as well as their histories with one another and what side their parents landed on during the rebellion. There are a lot of levels to each of these relationships and Soria did a good job creating and developing these characters. There are a total of six perspectives in this book . SIX. While I actually enjoyed each of the characters a lot and found each of them to be complex, the crux of my struggles with the narrative is the juggling of these perspectives. The constant shifting of perspective, often times creating mini-cliffhangers at chapter breaks, made it difficult for me to stay engaged in the overall plot and I actually found myself caring less as the story progressed. Coupled with the narrative choice of telling rather than showing, reading the book felt repetitious because the same information was constantly being revisited in each of the six POVs. I found myself bored and wanting to skip ahead to see what new things would happen next.We all know that I adore worldbuilding, especially religion, and I am happy to say that this is truly where Soria shines! The world is vast and I really feel like I understood the way religion and prophecy was used in this world to exert and maintain power (and how that power corrupted over time). I also really loved the magic system(s) and found it so interesting! I did find the plot to be a bit predictable and frustrating at times, Cassa's singular goal of revenge really bothered me, and it is like reading the naivete of teenagers that know better and then are shocked when what they suspected winds up being true. (view spoiler)[The whole Cassa not telling anyone about the memory that Vesper gave her and going through with the bonding really annoyed me to no end. It wasn't satisfying at all and honestly it was a missed opportunity for character development: I would have liked to see her struggle with this information, argue with her friends over the choice. It felt almost disingenuous for her to disregard the opinions of her best friends and the only people she had left in the world, and up until this moment her singular desire to get back at the Council/Chancellor wasn't illogically strong. Honestly this is where it went downhill for me. I didn't buy the vengeance angle and it felt like a cop out.ALSO, Cassa being manipulated by an infallible prophecy when she has multiple times said that she is the master of her destiny and was taught by her parents to not believe in them? (hide spoiler)]Overall, while I didn't enjoy the writing style and execution, Beneath the Citadel is a creative standalone fantasy with excellent LGBTQIAP+, overweight, and anxiety rep. This just wasn't the book for me but I definitely recommend it to readers that love multiple POV stories that shed light on the truth/past bit by bit through varying perspectives and memories. There's amazing worldbuilding and character development, and the cover is gorgeous! cw: loss of a loved one, torture, abuse, panic and anxiety attacks (really good rep), death(view spoiler)[I want to say that reading this very much felt like a fictionalized explanation for Alzheimer's and dementia. (hide spoiler)]Many thanks to the publisher for providing me an electronic advanced reader copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Quotations taken from an uncorrected proof and may change upon final publication. Beneath the Citadel will be released on October 9, 2018.🤝 Buddy read with Melanie from meltotheanyBlog | Twitter | Pinterest!
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    Don’t mind me, I’m just here for the Bisexual Rep and waiting to be blessed with an ARC of this beauty.
  • Ashleigh | Wild Heart Reads
    January 1, 1970
    With the failed rebellion nothing more than a memory, the people of Eldra are content to be lead by the Council. But what the people don't know is that the power the Council has wielded with such devastation is slipping out of their control. As the Council's power wanes and their desperation grows, Cassa is ready to set the city on fire and free it from the Council's corrupt grasp. "In a place like this, it was easy to get lost in those memories. In dreams of dark places." Soria brings a wonde With the failed rebellion nothing more than a memory, the people of Eldra are content to be lead by the Council. But what the people don't know is that the power the Council has wielded with such devastation is slipping out of their control. As the Council's power wanes and their desperation grows, Cassa is ready to set the city on fire and free it from the Council's corrupt grasp. "In a place like this, it was easy to get lost in those memories. In dreams of dark places." Soria brings a wonderfully unique take on magic to the table. In Eldra there are sentients, seers, rooks and diviners. Rooks can devour people's memories, sentients can read peoples thoughts, diviners can see the future and seers deliver the prophecies that the Council's power is built on. Then there are those who are bloodbonded, able to wield the metal they are bonded to.Beneath the Citadel has some absolutely great characters. Cassa is headstrong and burning with the desire to finish what her parents started. Evander, easygoing and quick to bring some humour, and Alys, who sees the world in equations and logic. Newt who is quiet and seemingly harmless but has a tough core and is resilient. Distant Vesper who betrayed the group for reasons that aren't clear at first but we slowly get to know.Though I loved all of these characters it was Cassa's fire that I connected to most, even why you wanted to take her by the shoulders and shake some sense into her. "I guess I wouldn't want to die next to anyone else.""That's the spirit," said Cassa. "Now who wants to hear my brilliant plan?" Something that I particularly loved about the main cast is the rep. Cassa, Evander and Alys, the latter two who are siblings, are POC. Evander is bi and Alys is asexual, both which were mentioned on page. Newt is gay. Alys also struggles with panic attacks and is fat, neither of which are ever presented like a character flaw. I did feel like the pace dropped off a little towards the middle and it wasn't holding my attention as much as it did at first but by the last third the action ramps up and nothing is what is seems as Soria through twist after twist at us.Beneath the Citadel is a wonderful standalone fantasy with a fierce bunch of leads that leave you in awe of their humanity and an ending that will leave you reeling. Seriously I am not over that ending. ★★4.5 stars★★*I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*This review and more can be found at https://wildheartreads.wordpress.com/
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    A harrowing adventure deep in the dark catacombs of the citadel sets the stage for showdown where the fight for power comes with a deadly cost. “Beneath the Citadel” begins on judgement day where the execution of four would be revolutionaries is fast approaching but with quick thinking and varying talents they manage to escape only to find themselves face to face with a creature looking to make a deal and as the stakes get higher they are forced to choose where their loyalties lie, with the devi A harrowing adventure deep in the dark catacombs of the citadel sets the stage for showdown where the fight for power comes with a deadly cost. “Beneath the Citadel” begins on judgement day where the execution of four would be revolutionaries is fast approaching but with quick thinking and varying talents they manage to escape only to find themselves face to face with a creature looking to make a deal and as the stakes get higher they are forced to choose where their loyalties lie, with the devil you know or the one you just met. This book has almost a fairy tale “Rumplestiltskin” type feel to it where everything you want comes with a price with the details murky at best up until it’s time to pay up. The entire mythology here is great because for the most part it’s not actually magic it’s more of the ability to see just enough into the future to make plans but not enough to know for certain that they’ll work out how you expect and the concept of Gods is something used to justify questionable if not unethical actions. The main conflict is an age old one that I think will hold more weight since it’s actively playing out in reality where those with power have no problem committing acts of violence or even orchestrating mass murder in order to keep those dynamics in play and it’s interesting how in this there’s a second antagonist who boxes our leads in with his desire to overthrow the government even if it is just to satisfy his own thirst for power. Anyone who was a fan of the Six of Crows set up of a band of misfits teaming up to do the impossible this book is for you though this book offers something that I've rarely seen in ya fiction these days in that of a self described immortal hero who is more than ready to be proven wrong. **special thanks to the publishers and netgalley for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review!**
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  • Felicia Mathews (Bookishly Slytherclaw)
    January 1, 1970
    Beneath the Citadel is such a good book. It's very fast paced, but I did and up reading it slower than I usually read a book because so much is going on and I didn't want to miss anything. The cast of characters is amazing and I loved that the story went back and forth from the point of views of the various characters. Absolutely a five star read for me! Will definitely be rereading.
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  • Lulai
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoy this book, if you like Six of Crows you will love this book. It 's got the same vibes. A group of teens who fight for freedom in a big citadelle with magic and trichery. I really like it.
  • Lauren Schuyler James (storied.adventures)
    January 1, 1970
    Full review on my blog, Storied Adventures3.5 Stars!I LOVED the story, writing, and magic system! I for once, didn't know where we were going and I LOVED it! And that ending!!!! Surprise of the century, I tell ya what! WOW! I didn't like the character chemistry. I liked them all individually, but when they interacted together they were ALWAYS irritated with each other. And not endearing banter. I was just like, "Why the heck are you irritated now?!" It got super annoying.
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  • Alicia (A Kernel of Nonsense)
    January 1, 1970
    *I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher which does not influence my review*Destiny Soria’s Beneath the Citadel has interesting political and magical systems, but I found the story overall to be a little too convoluted. Soria’s debut Iron Cast‘s biggest strength was the friendship at its center and it’s the same with this sophomore novel. Beneath the Citadel focuses on four friends infiltrating the center of an all-powerful political power in hopes of discovering why people in the *I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher which does not influence my review*Destiny Soria’s Beneath the Citadel has interesting political and magical systems, but I found the story overall to be a little too convoluted. Soria’s debut Iron Cast‘s biggest strength was the friendship at its center and it’s the same with this sophomore novel. Beneath the Citadel focuses on four friends infiltrating the center of an all-powerful political power in hopes of discovering why people in the city of Eldra have been disappearing. In a world ruled by seers’ prophecies, the ruling chancellor and council have used these visions to wield power over the people, squashing any rebellion before it can gain any footing. Cassandra “Cassa” Vera is the daughter of rebels. Her distrust of the council runs deep; she along with her friends, Alys, Evander, and Newt hatch a plan to infiltrate the Citadel and find answers. The novel opens with these four friends being dragged in front of the governing body, their plan having been thwarted. I’m still not sure how I feel about the choice to open the novel with the leads having already been arrested. I was really interested in reading about their scheme, how they each contributed to the plan, and how they worked together. What follows is the lead characters trying to stop the council by teaming up with a mysterious player who has his own motives.Cassa is the unofficial leader of the pact. She’s bold and confident, with a leap-first-and-ask-questions-later kind of personality. Her drive, however, is infectious. Perhaps the reason people are so drawn to her is the legacy she carries. Her parents were prominent rebel leaders who died trying to protect the people of Eldra. In a way Cassa’s hatred of the citadel is the only way she knows how to honor her parents. Much of the time, it felt like Cassa wanted to do things only on her terms and while there is some character development in this department, it felt like she was never really a part of the group dynamic. I never felt her connection to the other characters, including Evander, with whom she had a past romantic relationship...Read my full review on my blog my link text.
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  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    January 1, 1970
    I rate this book 4.5 stars. I really enjoyed Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria. This follows 4 teens who are trying to bring down the empire that enslaves them. It is ruled by a group of powerful people who are able to prophesize the future. Each of the characters have their own motivations, desires, secrets and flaws, which play into the plot and how things come about and so combining those plus a defined prophecy is very intriguing. I don't want to reveal too much because this book has a lo I rate this book 4.5 stars. I really enjoyed Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria. This follows 4 teens who are trying to bring down the empire that enslaves them. It is ruled by a group of powerful people who are able to prophesize the future. Each of the characters have their own motivations, desires, secrets and flaws, which play into the plot and how things come about and so combining those plus a defined prophecy is very intriguing. I don't want to reveal too much because this book has a lot of twists and turns that I enjoyed, but one character in particular was very intriguing. She doesn't appear until the stage is set, but plays a really important role and has unclear motivations. I was fascinated by the world the characters lived in, and thought that Soria did a great job developing the characters, the world, and revealing the plot little by little. I also appreciated that this book was standalone and feels very complete and satisfying. Overall, I really enjoyed this one and am looking forward to picking up the next book by Soria.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    This is....the perfect book??? If you love Six of Crows, this is absolutely a book for you. There's this amazing group dynamic and varying view points and lots of queer characters (including an asexual main character), there's also really great anxiety rep and there's great looks at class and the way different skills are important and the examination of FRIENDSHIP and also has one of the SWEETEST ROMANCES EVER I LOVED IT SO MUCH I just love this book with all of my heart and I need everyone to r This is....the perfect book??? If you love Six of Crows, this is absolutely a book for you. There's this amazing group dynamic and varying view points and lots of queer characters (including an asexual main character), there's also really great anxiety rep and there's great looks at class and the way different skills are important and the examination of FRIENDSHIP and also has one of the SWEETEST ROMANCES EVER I LOVED IT SO MUCH I just love this book with all of my heart and I need everyone to read it as soon as it's released k thanks.pre-reading: it is taking everything in me not to drop the two books i'm reading and all my responsibilities and read this NOW because it's finally IN MY HANDS.
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