Author: E. Jade Lomax
Series: The Alliance Trilogy #1
Publication Date: 10th February 2014
Sneak by E. Jade Lomax is the first book in The Alliance Trilogy. It takes place as conflict begins to rise in the land of Neria, and follows several characters on varying sides of it.
I don’t know where to even begin with how much I loved this book. I’ve been a fan of E. Jade Lomax’s fanfiction for quite a long time now and have always loved them, but seeing her writing in this kind of prose was a new experience and I enjoyed every minute of it.
I was drawn into the writing style immediately; it was well paced, straightforward to follow and in general just so enjoyable to read. Exposition and dialogue were all balanced and the structure of the first book was excellent. Upon finishing it, I was really looking forward to seeing how the pacing and structure develops and changes in the rest of the series.
When trying to pick a favourite section/scene to talk about, I realised there were just too many to focus on one (though I can say that a lot of my favourite scenes involved Sasha and/or Gregory, who were probably my favourites). Despite having such a large cast, it never felt like the book left any of the characters at the sidelines; it was wonderful to switch perspectives and learn more about each of them and their relationships to the others. Even Brown, who I had so markedly disliked at the start, started to grow on me by the end and I found myself really interested to see where his character would go in the rest of the series. Though it was the cast that shone the most for me, I loved the world in the story too and the way that each character was connected to it.
Even though this is just the first book, there have been so many great themes and development already. I have such a weakness for parallels in stories, whether they be in scenes, characters etc, and this series is full of those. Something else I want to bring up is how the titles of each book become more serious, reflecting the circumstances of each: Sneak, Liar, Traitor. I absolutely love this detail.
In general, I just adored this book. I’ll be reviewing the second in the series, which I enjoyed just as much, next month and am saving the third for a rainy day because I’m so excited about and invested in seeing how this wonderful series will conclude.