On the cusp of realizing how to be herself, a young woman’s life ends in tragedy. Reborn as a demon, she hopes that answers, revenge, and closure await her at the end of her journey home. Along the way, she'll learn the truth behind her death, and of the greater conspiracy she may now have the power to stop.
After all, Zarenna isn’t your typical demon.
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This story is great! It's a non-modern fantasy-world setting in which humans coexist with other species, but demons are highly feared and aggressively hunted by a quasi-governmental/powerful church organization. As the summary indicates, the protagonist ends up being reincarnated from a human to a demon (and back to their same world - no isekai stuff here), and this is the story of how they go about dealing with that change, finding friends and trying to figure out who or what was behind the events that led to her death and the death of others.
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The MC is a transgender (human) woman (pre-transition, but out to a friend) prior to their reincarnation. Some stories on this site with the transgender tag are largely about that topic. I've loved many of those stories, but in this case it's a fairly minor plot point that only really comes up in the beginning and not much afterwards (so far anyway). And that's fine too of course - just adding a note, so readers who are or aren't in the mood for a gender-focused sort of story know what's going on.
Excellent story with a memorable setting and endearing cast that even leads to some sympathy towards even some antagonists. I'm genuinely rooting for our main girls who have had to deal with so much nonsense it's insane; I've binged this over a short period of time and I've had a blast doing it.
Starts kinda sad but you should follow through to see excellent character growth and worldbuilding.
Sovereign of Wrath is a great number of things, but first and foremost it is a broad, sweeping revenge journey across a fantasy world that teems with life and character. Following a woman spurned by a despotic church and its' executioners, she is saved by an ironic twist of fate. With renewed strength of arms and magic, she sets off on a journey to avenge her love, her family, and herself. But as she swiftly discovers, she cannot bring her vengeance to those who wronged her with strength alone, and so she works to forge a united front against those who destroyed her life.
Each character encountered by the cast on their travels could well be a core piece of another narrative if our perspective were just slightly shifted in another direction. Each location has a unique texture and history that the reader may freely immerse themselves in. Exciting action and explosive set-pieces punctuate emotional arcs that are well defined and clearly telegraphed. The theming treads the lines between a grim heaviness and lighthearted hope that is intoxicating to invest yourself within.
While I could spend several paragraphs singing the praises of this story, from superb use of foreshadowing, to well-narrated prose, to a solid grasp on pacing, it's easier to simply say;
It is worth reading.
This story caught and held me, and I seriously love it when that happens, because it's rare. The world is rich and well thought out, the plot is driving and bold and *ambitious*, and most of all, the cute and tender interactions between some of the characters as they grow to slowly love and trust each other, despite not really having *any* reason to, sealed the deal. I'm such a sucker for when writers describe a character's eyes softening at the sight of another character's vulnerability. Seriously, when characters start out suspicious and then can't help melting gradually and slowly and falling for each other and it shouldn't be plausible but they make me believe it?!? So cool. Gotta love it. It's difficult to pull off and I struggle with it myself as a writer but this was such a delightful, delicious, yummy treat to stumble on.