“You were born useless, but you don’t have to be helpless.”
Set in the kingdom of Lera, Ruined takes us on a wild quest for revenge. Emelina Flores is dead set on saving her ruined sister, Olivia, who is a prisoner of the enemy kingdom of Lera. And she will stop at nothing and do everything in her power to get her back.
At a young age, Emelina witnessed the loss of her home in Ruina by Lera soldiers simply because of what they were. “Ruined”, as they were called, were people with powers of control; control over the human body or the natural elements. However, Emelina did not possess these powers and is therefore labeled “useless”. But she is far from useless. She is an experienced fighter, a strategist, and all-around badass. All of these amazing qualities, land her under disguise and married to the prince of Lera, Casimir.
What starts as a job, gets more complicated as feelings between Cas and Em begin to evolve. Torn between doing what she set out to do and caring for Cas, Emelina finds that she cannot complete her mission. From there, things go downhill and now she’s on the run.
Ruined was a random pick for me. I was in the mood for some fantasy, and I was impressed! The world that Amy Tintera builds is inviting. The characters are lovable. Casimir is swoon-worthy as a prince who has his morals in check. Nothing like his father, Cas begins to doubt what he was taught once Em shows up. Aren, a powerful ruined, is one of Emelina’s most trusted friend and accompanies her to the castle under the guise as her guard. He has her back through anything and his loyalty is unmatched, but could rival that of Galo. As Cas’s guard and best friend, Galo is just like Aren. He’ll have Cas’s back at anytime, anywhere.
The only problem I had with it were the ruined. I wanted to know more about them. I felt like for a first book, they should have been explained in a better way. I wanted to know the differences in their power. I wish that we could’ve had more detail. How did they get their marks? Why were some ruined and others not? I felt like they were put in the background. While reading, I couldn’t help but want to know more about them.
I really enjoyed this book. The plot was engaging. The dual of morals and personal feelings was very well written. That ending is fantastic and makes you want to grab for the second installment, Avenged. Ruined was a great start to this trilogy. it can only get better from here.