As I mentioned in in my Dashing Through the Snow post, I just finished this book. I whizzed through it one evening. Which is great- because I love things that are fast paced. What was not so great is that when I finished I did not feel like I’d connected with it as much as I wanted to.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved the drama, the action and the concept. The world building in particular had me going “wow!” But, as good as all that was, world building is not going to keep me up at night, itching for more.
Some of the characters were well developed (especially Meira) but a lot of them were pretty flat. Most of the side characters could have been anyone- they were basically just names and nothing more. Then there was Mather. My goodness he was dull. The narrative relied wayyy too much on convincing the reader how much Meira liked him- and yet he may as well have been a big hunk of man candy, cos he had no personality beyond that. I just found him really, really boring. It didn’t help that he was compared to someone like Theron- who in comparison was fairly interesting. But he also wasn’t someone to set my heart racing, because, let’s face it, he was just there to shoehorn in a love triangle conflict- which was soo not appreciated.
In terms of plot, it was pretty solid. While I liked a lot of the drama, I found the whole “I don’t want to get married thing” got really old, really fast. As I said, I didn’t connect with her love interests, so I really found it hard to care about all that. Then there were the supposed *shockers* in the plot (you know, where the not nice guy does something, well, not nice) which was pretty underwhelming. And the main twist turned out to be exactly what I thought it was- which is not always such a bad thing, but it didn’t get me all excited like some of the big twists I’ve read recently. Mostly because it was fairly predictable.
So, yeah, clearly I wasn’t terribly impressed by it. I kept comparing it to Throne of Glass- which isn’t such a bad thing. Because I have confidence that it will get better in the sequels- so I’ll definitely be watching this space for more. I have high hopes that the series can go in interesting directions and am confident it will keep me future instalments will be entertaining, if nothing else. It just didn’t have the emotional punches it needed to make me happy just yet.
Rating: 3 ½ /5 bananas
Bit odd that I’m giving the exact same rating twice in a row, but I kind of have to give it that because while it was a solid 3 bananas, it deserves extra kudos for the incredible world-building. Also, look at that incredible cover!