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Book Review- The Talionis Series

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I know I know I just did a book post, but hey… you can never talk about books to much, am I right? Today I’m reviewing a series that I’ve been obsessed with recently!!

~ The Talionis Series ~

I’ve barely read any books in the dystopian genre, just because I thought I wouldn’t like it. But after getting the chance to learn from CJ Milacci in my writing community, I just knew I wanted to read her books! And wow, I was NOT disappointed!










Bottom Line Info:


Book #1: Recruit Of Talionis
Book #2: Fugitive of Talionis


C.J. Milacci


Young Adult Dystopian


What It’s About:

When the world falls apart, one girl must find hope in the darkness. Seventeen-year-old Bria Averton grew up in a small town of survivors near the ruins of Portland, Maine, years after the Demise of North America. But when she is kidnapped and forced to become a soldier in the mysterious city of Talionis, she finds herself thrust into a world of danger and darkness. Unknown forces are at work in the city, and Bria soon realizes that escape is impossible. With her own guilt and the oppressive evil of the city threatening to drown her, Bria must find a way to survive…and discover if hope is possible. Even here.”
(credit: Amazon)

My Thoughts:

Things To Be Aware Of:

There were no major content warnings in either book that bothered me. But there were some things that sensitive readers may want to be aware of, including: death, blood, fighting, injuries, killing, guns, etc. There are romantic relationship and tension in both books, so there is hand holding, romantic touches, etc in both, but no kisses.

My Review:

These books are fantastic! Wow! I was completely sucked into both stories and engrossed at to what would happen next! The quality was superb and I thoroughly enjoyed these reads!! I loved how Milacci was able to weave such hope and light into both books that are stories that from the outside look so dark and hopeless. I loved the authentic Christian themes/arcs that she brought in. The plots and stakes for both were phenomenal and very realistic. I can’t wait to get my hand on everything else that will come from Milacci- she has a gift with words that the world needs!

My Heart Rating (out of 5):


This review pique your interest? You can check out C.J. Milacci’s website and buy the books here! I highly recommend signing up for her email list so you can stay updated when the third book is coming out! (she also has an amazing book review podcast, as well as a podcast version of the audiobook of Recruit of Talionis) I’d also recommend keeping your eyes peeled for my next post! It’s going to be a fun one! 😉

Have you read either of these Talionis books before? If not, are you planning on reading it now? Do you like dystopian? I’d love to chat in the comments!

Until next time,

Bella 👋

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6 Responses

  1. Wow! I always love your book recommendations, so I will have to look into these! They look awesome! Great post, Bella, and I’m looking forward to your next one! 😀

    1. Aw thank you so much Gemma!! I’m glad! Let me know if you read it!! 😀
      Thank you for reading and commenting!
      (and I’m looking forward to the next one too! 😉 )

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