I would like to start by saying this will not be like any of the other negative reviews of this series. Most people that did not like this book took issue with the world building. While I found those reviews amusing (the whole “grisha means greg” thing was particularly hilarious), I feel they fundamentally missed the point of why this book failed. In fact, I will go out on a limb and say that the atmosphere was one of its redeeming features. Furthermore, I am not going to gripe about the language. I think it was perfectly serviceable and no worse than others of the genre (it’s actually getting kind of boring how many amateur reviewers just parrot the “show, don’t tell” rule).
No, the main reason I did not like this book was that it promised something it did not deliver. And that was the massive twist on the genre. Each book teased me with the promise of doing something different- then in the last third of every single one it reverted to conventionality. It was so frustrating! Ironically, it would have been better if the author had not tried to be original at all. Because then I wouldn’t have got my hopes up. I really feel like the author just set herself up for failure here.
I’m actually surprised by how so few people picked up on this. So many reviews raved about how unique and different it is, but I’ve often found myself wondering how they came to that conclusion. It was pretty much a checklist for YA fantasy tropes:
I don’t actually mind predictability if it’s done well, but to be honest the whole thing just really irked me in this case. Probably because this book was so overhyped and had such rave reviews. And after all the positive reviews and the claim that it was oh-so-unique, it was just left me incredibly disappointed.