My rating: DNF
How I Got It: Purchased Ebook
Publication Date: July 2014
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Point of View: 1st person heroine
Genre: Epic Fantasy
So sad. I have admired this cover for so long and thought many times over that I would probably love this series. I finally sat down to read it and . . . sorry, folks. It's a DNF.
At least for now. Maybe someday I'll go back and try it again. But probably not.
I will say that I liked the opening scene quite a lot! The writing was beautiful and atmospheric, I definitely got a strong sense of a unique world and culture. I felt for Lia in this situation she finds herself trapped in. All very good and intriguing!
But . . . then the very next scene, everything started falling apart.
I'm sorry, I just CANNOT believe that these two girls pulled off this elaborate escape which they planned THE NIGHT BEFORE. Even if we had it revealed to us that they'd been planning it for a month, I could have gone with it. But THE NIGHT BEFORE? Um, no. I cannot suspend my disbelief far enough.
And do they really just not care what would happen to Pauline if they're caught? Are they really so stupid as to think that she'll just be forgiven and not hung for treason? Are they really so confident that they'll pull off this getaway so seamlessly? REALLY?
After that, it was just such a slog for me to try to stick with the book. The plot may have gotten much better from there, I don't know. But because it all hinged on something I couldn't even momentarily believed, I just lost all interest.
Plus, lets be honest--the first third of this book was just incredibly dull. Way too much set-up without any indication of a good payoff to come.
So those are my reasons for a DNF. I admit that it may have ended up being an awesome read if I'd stuck with it, so if you're inclined to read it, don't let my review sway you! There may have been so much more coming, and I'm totally missing out on it because I can't get over my initial snit. But that's where I am with this book for the moment.
Time to move on to other things . . .
I'm currently splitting my time between Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee and War and Wind by Alex Lidell (the sequel to Air and Ash, which I read earlier this month), both of which are interesting in very different ways. Hoping to finish them by the end of the month so that they're eligible for the Book of the Month Giveaway.
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