This review is going to be one, long splurge of Unpopular Opinions ™, so if you happen to be a S J Maas junkie, I’m sorry my duckie but the time to bow out is probably now.
It is an oft-repeated piece of received wisdom that "the book is always better than the film". Obviously, this is a crock of shite.
The two word phrase which best defines this novel, imo, is WELL LONG. Seriously. It's mega bloody long. And for the first 150 pages I honestly had no idea who the main characters were, what the plot was, and where any of it was going.
I genuinely don’t understand the people who are angry at how much this book imitates Harry Potter, seeming to have missed the glaringly huge and obvious memo that it is a Harry Potter pastiche.
It also took me solidly three years to drag my way through this book. Yeah. Not a good sign.
This book absolutely reeks of mid-series filler. Which makes it disappointing that it was my first Pern novel, and that it may have turned me off the rest of this classic series for life. Why? Well, my friends, because nothing blimming... Continue Reading →
If the entire book had been as brilliant as its last five chapters, this’d easily have been a four star review. Court conspiracy and political intrigue? Check. Glittering balls and stunning costumes? Check. Morally ambiguous authority figures? Check. Poison, treachery and murder? Check. Blood everywhere? Check. A queen so badass she has RUNES on her EYELIDS, wears a METAL CORSET, and has NO HAIR because IT ALL GOT ZAPPED OFF BY LIGHTNING?? Check.
Judge: MR CHANT. You stand here today in this fictional literary tribunal accused of PERNICIOUS CRIMES AGAINST THE BOOK LOVING COMMUNITY. Plaintiff, please read the charges. Me: *clears throat* ahem. Charge one. that this book caused me to lose HALF A DAYS WORK ON MY DISSERTATION, because I COULD NOT CONCENTRATE ON ANYTHING EXCEPT DEVOURING EVERY GLORIOUS WORD
So I'm going to talk about my OTP from a WIP that currently only exists in my head (bwahahahaa). It's an urban fantasy starring two grunt angels, who are stuck on earth performing low-level demon clean-up operations. For like, ever.
I've seen a bunch of reviews hating on the characters in this book (particularly Melissande and Reg) but I want to say straight off that I thought they were excellent. Both practical, capable, and not there to serve as love-interests --- whoopeeee. Reg in particular gave me a couple of chuckles. Also, once I thought of it there's no way to un-see it, but I've found a young Melissande. Auburn hair, stocky, practical, frumpy yet also awesome....?