Book Review – Song of the Dead by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Title: Song of the Dead

Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh

Publisher: Razorbill

Publication date: January 22nd, 2019

416 pages

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

The Dead must stay buried.

Karthia is nothing like it used to be. The kingdom’s borders are open for the first time in nearly three hundred years, and raising the dead has been outlawed. Odessa is determined to explore the world beyond Karthia’s waters, hoping to heal a heart broken in more ways than she can count. But with Meredy joining the ocean voyage, vanquishing her sorrow will be a difficult task.

Despite the daily reminder of the history they share, Odessa and Meredy are fascinated when their journey takes them to a land where the Dead rule the night and dragons roam the streets. Odessa can’t help being mesmerized by the new magic–and by the girl at her side. But just as she and Meredy are beginning to explore the new world, a terrifying development in Karthia summons them home at once.

Growing political unrest on top of threats from foreign invaders means Odessa and Meredy are thrust back into the lives they tried to leave behind while specters from their past haunt their tenuous relationship. Gathering a force big enough to ward off enemies seems impossible, until one of Queen Valoria’s mages creates a weapon that could make them invincible. As danger continues to mount inside the palace, Odessa fears that without the Dead, even the greatest invention won’t be enough to save their fates.

In this enthralling, heartrending sequel to Reign of the Fallen, Odessa faces the fight of her life as the boundaries between the Dead and the living are challenged in a way more gruesome than ever before. 

Review

Song of the Dead follows quickly after Reign of the Fallen ends, with Odessa and Meredy off to have their adventures. A new threat to Karthia emerges however, that quickly calls them back home to help the new Queen Valoria. In the sequel and conclusion to Reign of the Fallen, magic is pushed to it’s limit and tested in completely new ways in order to save the kingdom… and everyone in it.

I have been putting this book off for a long time, not because I wasn’t excited for it or because I didn’t like Reign of the Fallen. It just kept falling to the wayside, but I am very glad I finally picked it up and can call this series completed. I enjoyed this conclusion book, however it did take me awhile to get through. I kept losing interest in the book and the plot, because this so much going on. The plot moves in a million directions without focusing on any one aspect or point for too long – which made for a very scattered book. There are so many pieces I would’ve loved to be developed further, but everything was very surface level with this book – especially with the magic.

I still love Odessa’s character. I think she gets a lot of hate from the first book, but I don’t necessarily think it is deserved. Her growth over the two books was very interesting to read. However, I was a lot less interested in the supporting cast than I was in the first few books. In addition to the cast already in place in Reign of the Fallen, several new characters were added – but again no one was given enough attention for them to continue growth or to have a story arc. It was again, very surface level – which was disappointing.

Overall, I love the concept, the world building, the magic. I wanted more of all of it. I didn’t dislike this book due to the meat of the story, but more the execution. I would continue to read more in this world if Sarah ever wrote more books in other countries that were developed. I just needed more from this second book to truly say I loved it.

Happy reading, folks!

Book Review – Reign of the Fallen

Title: Reign of the Fallen (Reign of the Fallen #1)

Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh

Publisher: Razorbill

Publication date: January 23rd, 2018

384 pages

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised–the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead–and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer’s magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?

Review

I recently reread Reign of the Fallen so I can read the sequel, Song of the Dead. I never reviewed it the first time, so I wanted to review it now. Reign of the Fallen is a hugely underrated book for me, I never see it around on Instagram. Reign of the Fallen features necromancy, LGBTQ representation, and mental illness representation.

Odessa recently became one of the Eternal King’s master necromancers. In a kingdom run by the Dead, necromancers are vital in venturing to the Deadlands to retrieve the souls of the Dead before they turn into Shades, deadly monsters that will attack any and everyone. However, more and more Shades are being found and there are many losses within the community that shake Odessa to her core. She must find out who is behind the deadly Shade attacks before it is too late.

I love any book with necromancy to be honest. But, I really enjoyed the uniqueness of this book and the representation. The supporting cast was amazing, and the major loss of a character was emotional and heart wrenching. I appreciate the depression and addiction rep, however this is a trigger warning for those that might not want to read about those topics. The descriptions of the Deadlands were so vivid, it was like I could imagine exactly what it would like to be there. And I love that Karthia was basically stuck in the past with the Dead running the world.

This book may not be for everyone. The pacing at some points does seem very fast. However, I am able to overlook this just due to the plot and character development throughout the story. Sarah Glenn Marsh truly created an amazing world and I look forward to reading more in Song of the Dead.

Happy reading, folks!

Book Review – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Title: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid

Publisher: Atria Books

Publication date: June 13th, 2017

391 pages

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life.

When she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Review

“Don’t ignore half of me so you can fit me into a box. Don’t do that.”

Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

This was my first TJR read, and it was my February 12 Reads From 12 Friends pick. I am not normally a fan of literary fiction, or just straight fiction, but I did enjoy reading this story.

Evelyn Hugo is a mega movie star from the 50-60’s who had an astounding seven husbands during her lifetime. Now, she is aging and has outlived everyone in her life including her daughter and all seven husbands. She reaches out to have Monique Grant, a reporter, write a story on her. But, when Monique meets with her she learns Evelyn really wants Monique to write her tell-all novel to sell to publishers whenever Evelyn passes. Over the book, Evelyn tells her life story through flashbacks chronologically.

I was incredibly interested in Evelyn’s life. TJR really created a dynamic, morally grey, and just downright interesting character in the movie business. In fact, I liked her parts of the story so much I didn’t really want to read Monique’s parts, though to be fair those parts are short – it really is a book about Evelyn and her life. I rooted for Evelyn, cursed her, and then rooted for her again. She took morally grey to a whole new level, but all seven of her husbands held an important role in her life.

I highly recommend this book if you enjoy literary fiction or other TJR books. Enjoy!

Happy reading, folks!

Book Review – All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace

Title: All the Tides of Fate (All the Stars and Teeth #2)

Author: Adalyn Grace

Publisher: Imprint Books

Publication date: February 2nd, 2021

368 pages

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Through blood and sacrifice, Amora Montara has conquered a rebellion and taken her rightful place as queen of Visidia. Now, with the islands in turmoil and the people questioning her authority, Amora cannot allow anyone to see her weaknesses.

No one can know about the curse in her bloodline. No one can know that she’s lost her magic. No one can know the truth about the boy who holds the missing half of her soul.

To save herself and Visidia, Amora embarks on a desperate quest for a mythical artifact that could fix everything―but it comes at a terrible cost. As she tries to balance her loyalty to her people, her crew, and the desires of her heart, Amora will soon discover that the power to rule might destroy her.

Review

“I am Amora Montara, and I will no longer be a pawn. I will be a queen.”

Adalyn Grace, All the Tides of Fate

Sequel to All the Stars and Teeth, All the Tides of Fate continues shortly after ATSAT ends with Amora’s ventures into being the new queen of Visidia and the devastating information she learned about her family history. In this story, Amora fights for her life, deals with grief and trauma, and continues to question the ideas of right and wrong.

I love this duology. I left ATSAT in love with the whole cast of characters, the magic system, and just everything about this story. I feel like this book continued the story in exactly the way I expected – and wanted. Amora and Bastian dealt with so much during this book, along with the rest of the group. I loved being able to see more of the kingdom and the magic system at work. I wish Vataea had more of a role in the story because I find her character to be so interesting.

However, the pacing for this book was completely off. Portions of the book I would have expected to be built up, were raced through. Portions of the book that could have flowed quickly, dragged. It felt completely off to me. This has nothing to do with the plot, which I loved. Just how the book flowed and was paced. I felt very disjointed reading it and actually put it down several times, even when I had time to keep reading.

THE ENDING. That’s all I’ll say!

Happy reading, folks!

BLOG TOUR – Float Plan

Title: Float Plan

Author: Trish Doller

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Publication date: March 2nd, 2021

272 pages

5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Since the loss of her fiancé, Anna has been shipwrecked by grief—until a reminder goes off about a trip they were supposed to take together. Impulsively, Anna goes to sea in their sailboat, intending to complete the voyage alone.

But after a treacherous night’s sail, she realizes she can’t do it by herself and hires Keane, a professional sailor, to help. Much like Anna, Keane is struggling with a very different future than the one he had planned. As romance rises with the tide, they discover that it’s never too late to chart a new course.

Trish Doller’s unforgettable adult debut, Float Plan, reminds readers that starting over doesn’t mean forgetting: you can build a new home, right alongside the old.

Review

TW: Suicide

The Float Plan is a book that will take you on a journey and make you want to leave the world behind to live on a sailboat. Not kidding.

After Anna’s fiance dies by suicide, she is left without a path or a plan. 10 months after his death, they were supposed to take their sailboat on a trip through the Caribbean. When that day comes, Anna quits her jobs and heads out on the sailboat. After a rough few days, she hires Keane to help her through the trip. She doesn’t expect to find happiness or growth during her trip, but Anna finds all that and more.

I SO appreciated that every time Anna’s fiance’s suicide is brought up, it was in proper terminology. Reading Anna’s grieving process was so poignant and heartbreaking, but seeing how Keane was EXACTLY who she needed at every step of the way on her journey was even better. The chemistry between the two was muted in the beginning and grew with each passing page, as Anna opened herself up more and more to the possibility of life after his death. I seriously enjoyed learning more about sailing and the amazing experience she had while on each island. Seriously, I want to go on a sailboat now.

Reading the healing process after a traumatic loss is always difficult, and I urge you to read with caution if suicide is a trigger for you. Anna’s healing wasn’t always in a straight line, she stumbled and fell but got up again. More importantly, this is a story about finding yourself. Accepting who you are. And accepting that love for another doesn’t discount love for someone else.

I barely have the words to explain how beautiful this book was to me. As much as every book will have some flaws, the mastery and beauty of this book sucks you in so deeply that you barely notice. Trish Doller wrote one of the most important stories that I’ve read this year, and it was phenomenal.

Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Griffin for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and for including me in the blog tour!

Happy reading, folks! To purchase a copy of Float Plan, click here!

Author Bio

TRISH DOLLER is the author of novels for teens and adults about love, life, and finding your place in the world. A former journalist and radio personality, Trish has written several YA novels, including the critically acclaimed Something Like Normal, as well as Float Plan, her adult women’s fiction debut. When she’s not writing, Trish loves sailing, traveling, and avoiding housework. She lives in southwest Florida with an opinionated herding dog and an ex-pirate.

eARC Review – Just Like in the Movies

Title: Just Like in the Movies

Author: Heidi Rice

Publisher: One More Chapter

Publication date: March 12th, 2021

400 pages

3/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Ruby Graham’s verdict: I want to live in Oz, where danger is defeated by friendship, your dreams are always in glowing Technicolor and you can get a pair of absolutely gorgeous ruby slippers simply by landing a house on a hag!

Luke Devlin’s verdict: Flying monkeys? Seriously?

The late Matty Devlin was so much more than Ruby Graham’s boss. He was her best friend, her father-figure, and she is showcasing a series of his favourite classic movies at the independent cinema in Notting Hill which was his life’s work … and of which she is now part owner.

Matty left the other half of The Royale to his nephew, Luke,the elusive Manhattan property developer and rumoured son of a Hollywood icon.

It’s all beginning to sound like the plot of one of Ruby’s beloved films until it becomes clear Luke is no more interested in swooping in to save the crumbling Royale than he is in talking about his famous father. He’s bad-tempered, cynical, and he couldn’t care less about the cinema!

But saving The Royale is about far more than just Matty’s legacy. The Royale is the only place where Ruby gets to live in a world of dreams and happy endings, a place where there are no lost causes, and where falling in love is just like in the movies … or is Luke about to change all that?

Review

Just Like in the Movies is a British contemporary romance following Ruby, the manager of a small theatre and Luke, the long lost nephew of Matty, the owner of the theatre. When Matty dies suddenly, Ruby is lost without her best friend. Even worse, she finds out Matty’s split the theatre between her and Luke in his will. Luke wants to sell the crumbling, under-performing theatre but Ruby can’t imagine taking the theatre away from the community that so loves it. Can Ruby win Luke over to save the theatre, and maybe her heart?

I like Luke’s character, but I didn’t always vibe with Ruby’s character. She really understood him in a way that no one else seemed to, but her actions outside of Luke made little sense for her character development. I loved the drama in the book with Luke’s mom and Matty. Also the theme of not judging anything by the outside appearances, as you’re likely wrong.

There were so many old movie references in this book, which just isn’t my jam. It felt over done and forced. I also did not like any of the supporting characters, they didn’t have any good qualities (even the friends) and just served to further drama with Luke. However, there was a surprising level of spice, which I always enjoy. Content warning for open door scenes, so if that isn’t for you – maybe skim those parts.

Overall, this was a good love story that was paced well and was an easy read. If you love old movies, you’ll get a kick out of the references and reactions throughout the story, that part just wasn’t for me.

Thank you to One More Chapter and Netgalley for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!

eARC Review – Five Ways to Fall Out of Love

Title: Five Ways to Fall Out of Love

Author: Emily Martin

Publisher: Inkyard Press

Publication date: March 16th, 2021

352 pages

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

This whip-smart rom-com explores the risks and rewards of letting love in, for fans of Jennifer E. Smith, Julie Buxbaum, and Sandhya Menon.

How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways…

Aubrey Cash learned the hard way not to rely on love. After all, Webster Casey, the new boy next door she’d been falling for all summer, stood her up at homecoming in front of everyone with no explanation. Proving her theory that love never lasts seems easy when she’s faced with parents whose marriage is falling apart and a best friend who thinks every boy she dates is “the one.” But when sparks fly with a boy who turns out to be Webster’s cousin, and then Webster himself becomes her lab partner for the rest of senior year, Aubrey finds her theory—and her commitment to stay single—put to the test.

As she navigates the breakdown of her family, the consequences her cynicism has on her relationship with her best friend, and her own confusing but undeniable feelings for Webster, Aubrey has to ask herself: What really happened the night Webster stood her up? And if there are five ways to fall out of love…could there perhaps be even more ways to fall back in?

Review

Aubrey Cash has a lot going on. Her senior year, her best friend, her parents failing marriage, and the fallout from last year’s disastrous homecoming dance where her date/friend/neighbor stood her up and humiliated her – and she can’t figure out why. Since then, they’ve been enemies and avoided each other. When Aubrey attends a party and meets Webster’s cousin, Holland, she is back in the dating game. But some part of her still wonders what really happened between her and Webster. Aubrey and Webster get stuck as partners for the semester, so will all the secrets come out?

Aubrey as a character is cynical about love after watching her parent’s fight for years. She doesn’t believe in love and marriage, and especially not high school love. But, she wants to try dating and starts with Holland. I loved Aubrey’s best friend, she was such a good opposite for Aubrey to counteract her cynicism. Five Ways to Fall Out of Love is an easy read with good pacing and writing. One thing I really appreciated was normalizing sexual relationships in high school. It’s happening, we don’t need to pretend it isn’t in books. So there are some more open scenes with detail – if this isn’t your jam maybe skim through those parts.

I really felt weird about the cousin, possible love triangle situation. Not only is that breaking “bro code” I imagine, I just feel like it’s heartless by both of the characters as well. I also feel like Aubrey and Webster needed more discourse throughout the book, and have better conversations. They both were terrible with communicating and a lot of issues could have been avoided.

For fans of high school contemporary romances, with a love triangle and friends to enemies to lovers trope, Five Ways to Fall Out of Love is a great pick coming out in March.

Thank you to Inkyard Press and Netgalley for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!

Book Review – Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

Title: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)

Author: Sarah J Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Publication date: September 6th, 2016

689 pages

5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Kingdoms will collide.

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.

Review

“He was hers and she was his and they had found each other across centuries of bloodshed and loss, across oceans and kingdoms and war.”

Sarah J Maas, Empire of Storms

Empire of Storms torn my heart out and left me shocked and awed. Truly, that’s probably the best one sentence description of this book that I could come up with. Sarah J Maas keeps the surprises coming and I for one and here for it. I did end up reading this before Tower of Dawn, but then also a reread after I read Tower because – necessary. It’s a long book, but it’s so action packed that you barely notice as the pages flip on by.

This will likely be either the top or second favorite book of the series (depending on how Kingdom of Ash goes). Everything about this book was perfect to me. The continued role of the villains and their arc, the main characters, the plot line – it all folded together and kept the pacing going from the first to the last page. This book made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me happy – and that’s what’s great about this series. It evokes powerful emotions through Sarah’s amazing writing.

I encourage everyone to read this series, though it is an adventure and undertaking! I always suggest reading her ACOTAR series as well!

Happy reading, folks!

eARC Review – Act Your Age, Eve Brown

Title: Act Your Age, Eve Brown (The Brown Sister’s #3)

Author: Talia Hibbert

Publisher: Avon

Publication date: March 9th, 2021

400 pages

5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

In Act Your Age, Eve Brown the flightiest Brown sister crashes into the life of an uptight B&B owner and has him falling hard—literally.

Eve Brown is a certified hot mess. No matter how hard she strives to do right, her life always goes horribly wrong—so she’s given up trying. But when her personal brand of chaos ruins an expensive wedding (someone had to liberate those poor doves), her parents draw the line. It’s time for Eve to grow up and prove herself—even though she’s not entirely sure how…

Jacob Wayne is in control. Always. The bed and breakfast owner’s on a mission to dominate the hospitality industry—and he expects nothing less than perfection. So when a purple-haired tornado of a woman turns up out of the blue to interview for his open chef position, he tells her the brutal truth: not a chance in hell. Then she hits him with her car—supposedly by accident. Yeah, right.

Now his arm is broken, his B&B is understaffed, and the dangerously unpredictable Eve is fluttering around, trying to help. Before long, she’s infiltrated his work, his kitchen—and his spare bedroom. Jacob hates everything about it. Or rather, he should. Sunny, chaotic Eve is his natural-born nemesis, but the longer these two enemies spend in close quarters, the more their animosity turns into something else. Like Eve, the heat between them is impossible to ignore—and it’s melting Jacob’s frosty exterior. 

Review

The best Brown Sisters book, hands down. Eve is my favorite sister, and Talia Hibbert pulled out all the stops for her story. This is a book that I immediately wanted to reread after finished. I was laughing hysterically from the very beginning, from the banter to the antics of Eve and Jacob – two humans so perfectly matched for each other (to their chagrin).

I’m always here for an enemies to lovers book, if you know me you know this. When Eve is tossed out of her parent’s house, told she needed to find a job and grow up, she drives off in a huff and stops at the first interesting place she sees – Castell Cottage, a B&B in a small town. To her luck, there’s a hiring sign for a chef, and Eve needs a job. What she doesn’t expect to find is Jacob, who seems to hate her immediately for no reason, and then hates her even more after she runs him over with her car.

Jacob has autism, and prefers everything to be in it’s place. Eve is a whirlwind who threatens his way of life. But, she burrows under his skin with every smile and playful flirting. I adored Jacob’s character and appreciated his friendships and understanding of who he is and what he is passionate about. As a neurotypical person, I cannot speak to the accuracy of the autistic rep in this book – I always appreciate representation.

I cannot even find one thing I did not like about this book. I read parts out loud to my fiance and he found the story equally as funny. If you’ve loved the previous Brown Sister’s book you’ll definitely love this one, but you don’t have to read the others first to enjoy it!

Thank you to Avon and Netgalley for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!

Book Review – Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s

Publication date: September 5th, 2017

660 pages

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Chaol Westfall and Nesryn Faliq have arrived in the shining city of Antica to forge an alliance with the Khagan of the Southern Continent, whose vast armies are Erilea’s last hope. But they have also come to Antica for another purpose: to seek healing at the famed Torre Cesme for the wounds Chaol received in Rifthold.

After enduring unspeakable horrors as a child, Yrene Towers has no desire to help the young lord from Adarlan, let alone heal him. Yet she has sworn an oath to assist those in need—and will honor it. But Lord Westfall carries shadows from his own past, and Yrene soon comes to realize they could engulf them both.

In this sweeping parallel novel to the New York Times bestselling Empire of Storms, Chaol, Nesryn, and Yrene will have to draw on every scrap of their resilience if they wish to save their friends. But while they become entangled in the political webs of the khaganate, deep in the shadows of mighty mountains where warriors soar on legendary ruks, long-awaited answers slumber. Answers that might offer their world a chance at survival—or doom them all . . . 

Review

“Every step. Every curve into darkness. Every moment of despair and rage and pain. It had led him to precisely where he needed to be. Where he wanted to be.”

Sarah J. Maas, Tower of Dawn

I love this series. Whereas I definitely needed some time to get into this series, at this point I am beyond hooked. However, going into this book I didn’t realize it was the same timeline as Empire of Storm. I suggest to everyone who hasn’t read this series yet to A. read it and B. read Empire and Tower simultaneously. A bunch of bloggers put together different reading guides for it and I really wish I had done that. If you don’t want to do this, I suggest reading Tower before Empire. Just my personal preference.

Now, Chaol is not my favorite character from the first few books. I loved him with Celaena, but his growth left much to be desired. He was whiny, ungrateful, and inflexible and I wasn’t here for it. I didn’t expect to like this book, but I did end up liking it – but it wasn’t really because of Chaol. It was more for just how amazing Yrene is – I love her so much. I also like her for Chaol (even if I could leave him behind in a heartbeat). I loved the look into the Empire and how the royal there run their territories, it was an interesting look into another area than what we’ve read about in other books. I also seriously loved reading Nesryn and Sartaq’s journey – I’m so glad she ended up happy.

I do agree this book is important to the overall story line, and here are very important plot points discovered in this book that matter for the final book, Kingdom of Ash. However, I’m not sure I’ll include it in rereads unless I attempt the simultaneous read with Empire. It just doesn’t hold the same power for me as the other books as none of my favorite characters are in it.

Happy reading, folks!