I’ve had this book sitting on my table since it came out. I had to return it to the library soon and decided to just pick it up. I almost didn’t and returned it. I’m so glad I didn’t. I really liked this book.
I wasn’t sure I was going to like it. I was a little turned off by the use of Prinz and Prinzessin. It was just weird and reading it was trippy. Oh well, I got over it. I’m not sure if fantasy has taken a turn into DARK fantasy but this was one of them. It was dark, brutal and a little bit cruel. I will warn you, my mood was a bit gloomy after reading this book. Not because it was bad but because it was dark at times.
There’s a lot of information about the gods the gems/magic and I really am intrigued. I think that Sebastian does a great job with giving a lot of information without it becoming too much. There are times that different gods are being celebrated and it’s interesting, not like information overload. I think she does a pretty good job with the magical world building. She also includes some of the language and different countries/parts of this world. There’s nothing too original in this book but it’s a good read. It flowed really well and I was never bored. I just kept turning the pages and that’s what I’m about.
I freaking loved Theodosia. She is fierce and has so much strength. She endures so much in this book that I couldn’t even stand it. My heart broke for her. There’s an instance in this book that just had tears running down my face. I don’t know anyone that could live the life she does. She saw her mother killed when she was young and was taken in by her enemies. She’s whipped, physically and mentally abused and has to take it as a compliment. Yet, she hangs on and she fights. I know some people couldn’t connect to her but I just couldn’t help rooting for her. I think she’s just learning to be more cunning and ruthless.
I hate the love triangle. Sheesh. I am so tired of it! I don’t understand how she can get kissed by two boys, in one day and feel the same about each? I would think she would feel a connection with one over the other. Whatever. It’s for the sake of the drama, right? It was really bad in this book though. I just kept sighing and rolling my eyes. Obviously, I’m team Soren. hahahaha.
I’m looking forward to the next book but I definitely need a fluffy contemporary now!