Oh, I will definitely be returning to book two.
Quite soon in fact. Probably tomorrow. Actually probably in the next 5 minutes..
Let me say this before I say anything else. As a whole…this series comes VERY close to 5 stars. VERY. I am so emotionally invested…
I’ll start by saying it took me a little while to connect. While I liked the premise, I had a hard time rationalizing Vhalla’s decisions (the protagonist). She seemed to jump to harsh conclusions and run from decisions with no real reason. I’m thinking in my head the whole time… “Vhalla.. grow some balls! I don’t care if you’re a woman!!” Sorry not sorry. I was seriously concerned that despite my love for the world building and side characters, I just wouldn’t be able to get past her.
That is to say…. oh everyone, she does grow said balls. I remember the moment when she gained my respect… and that was the moment I was absolutely hooked. I literally wreaked with excitement. I was totally shocked. That moment, ladies and gentlemen, this book became totally badass.
Oh look… here I am in that moment..
As far as the other characters – I was very pleasantly surprised. I thought at first that the two princes (you know who I’m talking about…and if you don’t, read the description) were going to be the stereotypes that we are lead to believe they are. Oh dear reader, they are not. They grow much more complex and fascinatingly interesting… and I have a feeling that is going to keep up through the rest of the series.
My only complaintwas that the language and writing style the author used seemed to distant me a little bit.Who am I to judge. I imagine it will get stronger as the series progresses. I love it anyway.
I recommend this to anyone looking for a recovery from the Grisha trilogy, or those suffering in wait from Sarah J Maas’s next book in the Court of Thorns and Roses series. Seriously, the last half of this book reminded me so much of COTAR. WOOP!