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Year of the Reaper by Makiia Lucier

Year of the Reaper is a suspenseful tale filled with ghosts, romance, and betrayals that will have readers tuck this read into their favorite books.”

Cecelia Beckman, Sheaf & Ink

The Story

From the Publisher:

The past never forgets . . .

Before an ambush by enemy soldiers, Lord Cassia was an engineer’s apprentice on a mission entrusted by the king. But when plague sweeps over the land, leaving countless dead and devastating the kingdom, even Cas’ title cannot save him from a rotting prison cell and a merciless sickness.

Three years later, Cas wants only to return to his home in the mountains and forget past horrors. But home is not what he remembers. His castle has become a refuge for the royal court. And they have brought their enemies with them.

When an assassin targets those closest to the queen, Cas is drawn into a search for a killer…one that leads him to form an unexpected bond with a brilliant young historian named Lena. Cas and Lena soon realize that who is behind the attacks is far less important than why. They must look to the past, following the trail of a terrible secret–one that could threaten the kingdom’s newfound peace and plunge it back into war.

My Review: Year of The Reaper

Has a book ever surprised you?

Makiia Lucier’s Year of the Reaper did just that.  Year of the Reaper has so many enduring elements that made for a perfect read.  Like a well-crafted recipe with ingredients that entice and ensnare the senses becoming an inescapable, mouth watering meal. Lucier’s story is both haunting as it is hopeful.

Each character is designed with care.  From Cas to the villain who plagues the king and queen, readers will be quickly drawn in like a moth to flame, feeling every emotion as though they are the characters themselves.  Further, Lucier’s characters are complex, leaping off the page, fully formed and flawed.  Their pasts like an afternoon shadow, following them wherever they go, even when they wish it would disappear.

With a slow burn romance that is achingly sweet, a mystery that is eloquently unraveled, and truths that will be painfully felt, Lucier’s stand-alone is undeniably captivating.

Happy Reading  ̴  Cece

RATING: ink blotink blotink blotink blot – Exceptionally Inked

Publication Details

  • Publication day: November, 2021
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
  • Hardback ISBN: 978-0358272090
  • Pages: 352
  • Age Group: 12+
  • Paperback: $17.99
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Praise for Year of the Reapers


“I love the magic Lucier weaves through this dark yet hopeful tale. I devoured it in one sitting!”

Kristin Cashore, author of the New York Times bestselling Graceling Realm books

“A beautifully crafted novel containing everything I love in an epic fantasy: complex characters and relationships, excellent world building, and a compelling story full of twists and turns.”

Juliet Marillier, author of the Blackthorn & Grim and Warrior Bards series

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