This felt like a "middle" book. Allies lining up, decisions slowly being made, powers being mastered and realized, and even sides being chosen. You ju...moreThis felt like a "middle" book. Allies lining up, decisions slowly being made, powers being mastered and realized, and even sides being chosen. You just want to take all their separate stories and squish them all together, but it won't ever be that perfect will it?
I had very few issues with this book, and the ones that I can recall were small things. The likeness to The Hobbit was a little odd (a gold ring in a cave with an archaic creature and the Shelob-like spiders). The whole Crochan revelation thing was...confirming of what you probably already knew about Manon and the Ironteeth witches. It's actually kind of comical that they don't know it themselves.
This book was definitely tame action wise, but I think the sheer power shown off makes up for that. I don't want to talk about the ending of this book. The ending of some people's stories or the possible ending of someone's story. I don't want to talk about how angry I still am at Chaol for disappointing me time and time again. Not that I actually dislike him or I don't know where he's coming from...he's just-I'm just-and then he's like-no. Nevermind that.
Also why are the Fae like possessive dogs? I'm not sure if I'm offended by it or I find it adorable.
Anyway, I am frantic to read the next book and the next after that and the bet after that. It seems like Sarah Maas just gets how to tug on my feels.(less)
VERY lengthy review to follow. If there is one thing I find icky, it's any form of propaganda. Kill as many characters as you like, but stop trying to...moreVERY lengthy review to follow. If there is one thing I find icky, it's any form of propaganda. Kill as many characters as you like, but stop trying to win me over with your allegories.
Initial thoughts: there is no way this is a YA book. If it is I would like to warn people about strong language, sexual situations, and disturbing dis...moreInitial thoughts: there is no way this is a YA book. If it is I would like to warn people about strong language, sexual situations, and disturbing discussions about THINGS. This is basically suited to be a regular fantasy-dystopian-ish book.
Kelsea is a strong-willed queen of a kingdom left in tatters by her uncle, the Red Queen, and those who wish to profit from the poor being poor (sounds familiar).
It's a little long-winded to start with where you really get a sense of the kingdom. By the middle you think you know where this story is headed, and by the end you feel like you just started reading. I suspected this plot would take awhile to develop and I'm excited about the prospect of...that which I cannot name.
In some ways Kelsea is like Katniss, but less hollow. In fact, she's just teeming with terrifying and totally understandable thoughts and feelings.
I'm loving Game of Thrones references people keep throwing around. Arlen Thorne is certainly a near-perfect copy of Littlefinger, but this book reminds me more of Prince of Thorns for women.
With that said, I still recommend this book to all ages and sexes. It's a fun, long read.(less)
I can't believe this is over. And so freaking bittersweet. I love-hated it. I love-hated it so passionately that I might've shouted at my book a few t...moreI can't believe this is over. And so freaking bittersweet. I love-hated it. I love-hated it so passionately that I might've shouted at my book a few times.
Sentence: I sentence Rachel Hartman to have the ability to solve many sexy equations and...moreKeywords: Dragons, half-breeds, love, philosophers.
Sentence: I sentence Rachel Hartman to have the ability to solve many sexy equations and also a crime-free life in Vancouver. That shit be scary.
Review: I'll try to make this review pretty short, since I had barely a complaint. Actually, if I had a complaint I cannot recall it anymore because I am baffled by Hartman. I should say this is an extremely rare occurrence. I never give out five stars.
This novel started at a relatively slow pace, but with good reason. The characters and world building painted an entirely different world from what I've read before and did an extremely good job at it. I had complex questions about the history of some character or saint or weapon or even family with no doubts to there actually being a story. It's like the world has existed for so long and this story is just a minor occurrence in the history of it. A minor story I rather enjoyed, but only minor in the sense of looking at the broader picture of everything.
This is one of those rare reads where you find the two main love interests arguing about philosophers to be some sort of sexy, chemistry-filled conversation. I was practically salivating for more about Archiboros and his pompous ass. Maybe even more about Pontheus, the jurisprudence philosopher; later said to be either genius or mad.
But seriously, how is this turning me on? It must be all that intelligent talk and whatnot.
I also thoroughly enjoyed Seraphina storming about and trying to be pricklier than she is. She's brave, but shy and intrepid. She contradicts herself by loving others, despite their grotesqueness, and having trouble loving her own self.
The characters throughout this entire novel are so well built that it's only too easy to find their imperfections rather than the things that make them flat. Even the "soulless" saarantras and quigutl had me amused, laughing, and possibly crying a little. Even the Ardmagar Cormonot was confusing with his Cybermen-like reactions to emotion.
Okay, but srsly, this spoke to my heart (don't laugh): "do not underestimate the seductive power of math."
Basically, I have nothing else to say except GIMME MORE. And also:
Yeah, come at me dragons. I'm looking pretty sexy now, aren't I?(less)