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The Sapphire Throne by Freda Warrington
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really liked it
bookshelves: adventures, fairy-tales, fantasy, magic, reviewed

The Sapphire Throne is a huge improvement on the first book.

The Amber Citadel introduced so many characters and backstory and such a massive amount of history that the story got bogged down. The Sapphire Throne takes all the setup already done and runs with it!

The story is exciting and well paced and Freda Warrington throws surprises in almost every chapter. She turns the expected fantasy storylines on their heads and writes something a bit different with a strong personality - often sorely lacking in the fantasy realm.

The ending leaves things in such a desperate state I NEED to get my hands on the next book to find out what happens.

I have a serious love / hate relationship with the characters in this series. All of them have things about them I dislike and make me angry but I still care about them. There's so much less whinging that in the first book that I actually quite like Tanthe and Rufryd, though they still make some very questionable choices (especially Tanthe). It's a refreshing change to have heroes that are flawed and human instead of humble and self-sacrificing to the point of saintliness.

I'm hooked - can't wait for the next one!

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Reading Progress

August 24, 2017 – Shelved
August 24, 2017 – Shelved as: own-and-need-to-read
August 9, 2018 – Started Reading
August 9, 2018 –
page 300
August 10, 2018 –
page 340
August 13, 2018 – Finished Reading
August 16, 2018 – Shelved as: adventures
August 16, 2018 – Shelved as: fairy-tales
August 16, 2018 – Shelved as: fantasy
August 16, 2018 – Shelved as: magic
August 16, 2018 – Shelved as: reviewed

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