1/5 – DNF at 37%
Let me just get this off my chest first:
I WANTED TO LOVE THIS!!!
It sounded so amazing, like it’d be a YA version of The Poppy War. Like, it sounded like it was going to be fucking epic and that I’d love it and immediately have an author that I would follow for the rest of my life.
But, that was what it could have been. That’s not the reality.
Immediately, I stepped into this world and knew one thing: Hesina, our MC, is the new queen after her father’s death. And she believes that he was murdered.
That’s it. That’s all I knew.
From there, it goes into her wanting to discover who did it. But, that’s not all that’s going on with the book. There’s very little characterization that I caught. No character jumped off the page for me, not even Hesina. It was all very bland, despite the intrigue going on. I could barely differentiate characters, which became a huge problem since there were a lot of characters being thrown my way.
Also, there’s more given in the description about the world than on the page. Such as, these things, sooths, were suddenly in the story. And my reaction was “who the hell are these things??” I thought they were legit creatures or something out of Game of Thrones. But, no. They’re people with magic. I didn’t find that out from reading 37% of the book. I found that out by reading the description while writing this review.
In the end, I was getting frustrated because I had no idea what was going on, who any of the characters were, and why things were important. So, I had to stop reading it. One day, once it’s published, I might come back and try it again. I’m very excited to see these ownvoices fantasies coming out. I’m all for it and I definitely will read more of the Asian books that are coming out this year.
But, I couldn’t do this one.
Have you read this? Are you planning on reading it?
What did you think?