“Why the f@ck is everyone in this kingdom determined to kill my wife?!”
And that’s with this quote that I finally fell for Reid! Pfew it was time 😊
I don’t really know how to rate this book.
The first 30% had me not caring for the characters nor the story much. I liked it but that was all so 3 stars.
The second tier of the story had me fall into the rhythm and lifting one eyebrow as my interest was finally picked. Lou seemed less reckless and contemptuous of Reid. Reid seemed more than just stuck up to his beliefs and Manichean view of life. So it was a 4 stars.
The last 30% saw me really enjoying myself. The characters finally had all my attention and sympathy, their dynamic flowed much better, I understood at last what was all this universe and feud about annnd the action was running full speed. 5 stars.
This will leave me with 4 stars?
Ok let’s get specific now as to what I didn’t like (at first) and took some time to get used to:
1)The male narrator Holter Graham is acting but with so much gusto and flourishes that it feels a little bit unnatural. He is all dramatic! His rhythm is like a staccato with rushing to read then taking a small breath then rushing to read and rinse repeat.
Easy to understand but needs some time to get used to.
I prefer the steady read of many female narrators who convey the urgency and rush through something else than run, breathe, run, breathe…
He grew on me and by the end of the book I enjoyed it. Because he had become Reid to me!
2) The main characters!
At first I didn’t like Lou. Yes she was a devil may care and escaping from danger many times, being resourceful and all. Qualities I usually love in a heroine. But my main problem was her mocking Reid. Calling him a pompous @ss. Telling him that he had to relax etc. I get why of course. She didn’t know him and he was in the enemy camp. The author’s choice was in fact the most realistic. Yet it did not make me like such attitude.
Reid…I was ambivalent. Because he always was protective of Lou and wanted to honor his vow to his wife even if he had not chosen her. He was a man of honor, kindness and courage. But his black and white view of the world with witches being all evil in one camp and the rest of humanity in the good camp really grated on my nerves! Have nuances please.
Yet here again the author wrote something that fit better to his past and upbringing. It was being consistent with his calling.
It also was this story’s purpose to change his view and make him grow up.
So mission accomplished by the end of the book!
What I liked:
1) How it turned out! How what I disliked in the beginning evolved, matured to give me characters I grew fond of!
2) The world building with the different kind of witches. How some witches were truly evil and the horrifying pain they inflicted on cursed humans.
3) The twists with who was really who! Discovering the character’s secret pasts!
4) Saskia Maarleveld narration…once more.
Should you read it? Yes if you live books about witches with impressive character’s grow and rich world building. But it ends on a cliffhanger so you’ve been warned!
Have you read it? Or listened to it?
Thanks for reading!