I know you can't see me but I am quite literally drinking a glass of wine and throwing confetti over my head in celebration of finishing this book. It took me two full weeks! I don't know what it was but I just could not get in to this series. Honestly, the story is quite interesting, but the writing just did not pull me in.
I feel I'm a bit spoiled now after reading Rebel of the Sands. I devoured that book. Now I feel like everything else pales in comparison.
*** As this is the second installment to the series there WILL be spoilers for book one in this review. Please stop now if you are planning on reading this series. You have been warned***
Now, like I mentioned above, I do think that the story-line/world is very interesting. With Elias escaping Blackcliff with Laia in tow, Marcus becoming Emperor, and Helene as Blood Shrike things start getting a little messy. So for the entirety of the second book Elias has joined Laia on her crazy journey to break her brother out of prison. He, obviously, is a lot more apt at completing this task without getting killed instantly. The problem is, he gets in a fight with his lunatic mother who manages to poison him therefore resulting in him slowly dying throughout the book. This hinders them a bit.
The Tribes come back in and we get to meet Mamie Rila who is definitely a BA as well as get to know Izzie and Afya a bit more. But still, I was like, meh.
I don't know, I cant quite put my finger on why I was just not invested in this book series. I will admit that I was much more interested in Elias than I was Laia. I was just annoyed of Keenan the entire time, until the end, which was definitely a plot twist. That I was impressed about. I wont give it away but something very interesting happens with his character. All in all though if I gave ranks I would give it like, a five or six.
I think it just boils down to writing and character portrayal. I just could not get on Laia's side. I was rooting for Elias though. But throughout the entire series we keep hearing about how unique and special Laia is and I'm just like....meh.
Do check it out for yourself though and make your own judgement call. I know many many people disagree with me on this one because it's an extremely popular book series. I just could not connect with it.
But until next time, here's an inspirational quote to get you through:
"I don't want to just read books. I want to crawl inside them and live there."
Don't forget to come back next week to read my take on Laini Taylor's 'Daughter of Smoke and Bone'! :)