Title: Sevara: Dawn of Hope
Author: Damian Wampler
**I was given a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review**
I wanted to love this book so much. Not only is the cover gorgeous, but the blurb had me interested instantly. However, I could not for the life of me get into this book.
Don't get me wrong, the writing style is amazing. The world building is phenomenally detailed, even if it confused me at times. The whole idea around families giving up their daughters to an orphanage to have them auctioned off as wives to the male populace it so unique and unlike anything I've ever seen before.
Unfortunately, I could not get attached to any of the characters. At times I even got confused as to which character was which. I found myself getting bored to the point where I almost put the book down more than a few times. I couldn't find it in me to care all that much about Severa and found that I was almost more interested in Leif's story than I was her's. The whole idea surrounding the Codex confused me as well. If it's so all-controlling, then who came up with it in the first place and why can no one change it? Perhaps I missed something, but it just didn't really make any sense in my mind.
The politics. There was so much involving politics that I don't even know what to say about it. Honestly, it was tiring and boring. When I pick up a book with the kind of promise this one had, I expect action and passion and all sorts of...rebellion, I suppose. I don't expect all these rules to be put in place with trials and legalese that makes my eyes start to drift off the page and gives me a headache. There is some complex political viewpoints in Severa: Dawn of Hope that I was entirely unprepared to encounter.