Ariadnis by Josh Martin Review (Spoiler Free)



Summary: Back then I thought that if it weren’t for that cliff, our cities would be one and there would be no need for all this fierceness toward each other. But then I learned about pride and tradition and prophecy, and those things are harder than rock.

Joomia and Aula are Chosen. They will never be normal. They can never be free.

On the last island on Erthe, Chosen Ones are destined to enter Ariadnis on the day they turn eighteen. There, they must undertake a mysterious and deadly challenge. For Joomia and Aula, this means competing against each other, to end the war that has seethed between their cities for nine generations.

As the day draws nearer, all thoughts are on the trial ahead. There’s no space for friendship. No time for love. However much the girls might crave them.

But how you prepare for a task you know nothing certain about? Nothing, except that you must win, at whatever cost, or lose everything.


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A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


★★☆☆☆ 2/5

DNF at 19%

I really wanted to like Ariadnis, really. Look at that synopsis, two girls who are chosen to undertake a mysterious and deadly challenge against each other, sounds good, right?

Unfortunately that’s all Ariadnis is, something that sounds good but isn’t actually good.

At first it was interesting learning about the two girls, their training, their cities, and how different their lives are to each other’s, but after a while I just lost interest, it got boring, slow and the girls felt flat.

There were months leading up to their eighteenth birthday where nothing happened. Literally nothing that furthered the plot at all and this is where I gave up. I tried for over a month to read it, to finish it because surely it was going to pick up? There’s a sequel being written so surely something good and interesting is about to happen?

I’ll never know because sadly Ariadnis is a book I’ll never finish.


Did I like the book? I wanted to but nope.

Did I love it? No.

Would I recommend it? No. The two stars were for the cover and the synopsis.





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