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....?
So the amazing Paperfury and Furtherupfurtherin are doing this great writers link up to get bloggers talking about their writing goals this year. To be honest this is exactly what I need 1) to give myself a kick up the bum to finishing... Continue Reading →
So, having finally got around to reading it.... I am disappoint. Yes. I AM. DISAPPOINT. Why? Because I was expecting (and I quote, from the glowing critical reviews) "rollicking pace" and "pure mad adventure". Pace and MAD ADVENTURE MY ARSE. For two thirds of this book blimming nothing happened! What actually happened???? Like, Briar and Zeke climbed through tunnels. Oh my god, so many tunnels. This book consisted 9/10 of just... blimming TUNNEL DESCRIPTIONS.