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Autumn Princess, Dragon Child by Lian Hearn
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it was ok
bookshelves: adventure, epic-fantasy, fantasy, magic, novella, political-intrigue

** spoiler alert ** Jokes on me! I skimmed the ending of book four to make sure Aki and Shika didn't reconcile, and it looked safe to proceed, so I read volume two. In addition to being slower moving than volume one, I cared less and less about the characters as I went. Everyone was a scheming whiny asshole, and all the women kept getting screwed over, or reconciling with men who treated them badly. Before anyone pushes up their glasses and tries to say "well, actually" in my direction, I understand that the author is following traditional Japanese epics as a guide, and that everyone is probably meant to be a scheming, whiny asshole, but that doesn’t mean I have to want to read these books. This is not what I'm here for.

Aki had a rape baby, and then died at the end of the book. It was supposed to be a big heroic and sad sacrifice, and I might have appreciated it more if she hadn’t been raped, had a baby, and then considered reconciling with her rapist just before died. Also, the rape was unnecessary from a plot and character arc perspective, so . . . I'm done. I’m stopping here. This series will remain unfinished, and all four volumes are now in my giveaway pile.
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Reading Progress

May 10, 2021 – Started Reading
May 10, 2021 – Shelved
May 10, 2021 –
page 103
38.29%
May 13, 2021 – Shelved as: adventure
May 13, 2021 – Shelved as: epic-fantasy
May 13, 2021 – Shelved as: fantasy
May 13, 2021 – Shelved as: magic
May 13, 2021 – Shelved as: novella
May 13, 2021 – Shelved as: political-intrigue
May 13, 2021 – Finished Reading

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