I know, it shocked me too because up until this book, this series has been a crescendo, getting stronger and stronger with every book. Frost Burned, w...moreI know, it shocked me too because up until this book, this series has been a crescendo, getting stronger and stronger with every book. Frost Burned, which I meant to review, was 5 stars for me. This series is what introduced me to urban fantasy and one I hold close to my (cold) heart. However, this book just didn't work on a number of levels for me. I'm going to review this more when it's not 5am and I'm not angrily typing on my phone.
I had a massive headache last night and couldn't sleep so I thought I'd skim a few chapters before going to bed. Nope. Reread the entire book -- and f...moreI had a massive headache last night and couldn't sleep so I thought I'd skim a few chapters before going to bed. Nope. Reread the entire book -- and fell in love all over again. By love, I mean UTTER DEVASTATION. I don't know how Laini Taylor does it but amidst all the DEVASTATION, she writes a short scene filled with more love and poignancy than entire romance novels. (Chapter 15, if you're interested. And the last page.) I cannot wait for Gods and Monsters. Somebody hold me! (less)
What can I say about this book but faith rewarded? How do I begin to talk about a series that turned me onto a new genre?
Marchetta took me on a journe...moreWhat can I say about this book but faith rewarded? How do I begin to talk about a series that turned me onto a new genre?
Marchetta took me on a journey through an unfamiliar genre and story landscape, through curses and the Citavita. Looking back on Finnikin, I couldn't even finish my review because I was so unused to fantasy. I was exhausted by the little I did manage to write. By the time I read Froi, I was better prepared and any exhaustion I felt was due to the emotional ride from the book.
With Quintana, I could talk about how Lucian and Perri should star in their own buddy cop show, or how being in Quintana's head seemed like the most natural place to be. I loved so many of the characters, but for me, this series comes down to two people -- Isaboe and Froi. The things that bond them are at the heart of the series. They are the faces of children of war.
In Isaboe, we see what war does to a once beloved, sheltered child. Her experiences in Sarnak and Sorel shape the fierce queen she’s become. She’s unflinching. However, sometimes that results in a harshness that had me wincing. It's how she survived on her own, but it may not be the best way to ensure her people's survival.
For Froi, it was Sir Topher who prevented him from going down an irreversible path, but that and a belief in a girl with magic, shaped the man he became. His journey of redemption -- never once forgetting what could have been -- is about overcoming all the experiences that can break you and turn you into someone you're not. I loved seeing the person Froi came to be when given love and when he gave his love in return. It was so wholehearted and pure. It was devastating to think what war did to the boy with that much heart.
One character I didn't feel much affection for was Lady Zarah. To quote the great Dionne Warwick, I got your number, hussy!
Quintana of Charyn tested the bounds of loyalty, friendship, and family, and what it meant to be Lumateran, Charynite, Queen, husband, wife, lover, and friend. It's about having faith first, like a boy with cats once did, so it can be rewarded later. I loved being in this world and I hope Marchetta revisits it again, as I know I will.