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I love it when you can get into a story and have really enjoyed getting to know the characters. An easy read, which I found difficult to put down. Only complaint, I now have to wait again for the next book! Keep them coming.
This book is the most brutal. The Scythian warlord is crazy and deranged and you want to tell and scream at the Injustice of her being tortured again . It was very hard for me to read. The ending was great but man this book was darker then the first 2. Great book tho and you must read to the end.
The H and h literally only reunited at about 80% into the book and only physically touched 99% into the book. This is UNACCEPTABLE! How am I supposed to connect with the couple if they hardly interact? However, I did love when Sage would hallucinate Tehl. That was super cute... those little glimpses of imagined interactions gave me hope that the couple Will have potential in the future. Can we finally have a love story though... some romance and passion between Sage and Tehl. I'm rooting for them. Honestly, Tehl is the only reason I will continue to read this series. I'm just wondering how he's going to mend a woman who has been through so much trauma and suffering in the hands of men. Sage is kinda annoying in the beginning but she grew on me towards the end. The villain Zane was kinda annoying...I hated him so much, but I guess that was the point. I just find it unrealistic that a man like that did not rape his victim. Despite the little things that annoyed me about the book, I came to enjoy it. It's just annoying how practically EVERY man finds Sage attractive, amazing and magical. The special snowflake thing was VERY annoying. No single woman can be so attractive. I'm still going to continue the series through... If only to see TEHL get his happily ever after.
"He'd always been the hero, albeit an awkward one." Hands down, best line of the book. So this is a book that is VERY difficult to review without spoilers, but I will try. I debated a lot between 4 and 5 stars because there isn't much here I could call a con, but personal preference puts this closer to a 4.5 for reasons that are, well, Spoilers.
Overall, what made this book as good as the two before it for me was Frost's ability to get you to connect with her characters on an emotional level. When you care about them, about what's happening to them, when you feel every tiny nuance in their emotions like they're you're own, there really is no substitute for that. Throw in some awesome world building and an intricate plot, and you've sold me. I will now attempt to organize this review into something resembling coherence.
THE PACING/PLOT: Is very similar to the first two books. Sometimes slower than we might want in a society of immediacy, but ultimately allowing for a more realistic and poignant character and relationship development. As the MCs grieve and want and hope and pontificate and suffer, you have time to do the same, whether you want it or not.
THE CHARACTERS: The addition of new characters that were actually unique and interesting and pertinent to the story here combined with revisiting our favorite familiars and each character developing in a way that was realistic and reactive was also true to form. BEST NEW CHARACTER goes to Nali, one hundred percent. Sadly, I did not connect with Jas as much as I was hoping to, but I have a fan theory I'm about 90% sure on what her upcoming role will be, so she's all right.
THE RELATIONSHIPS: This one is especially tricky. No spoilers, but I was extremely impressed with how the main relationship progressed despite limited actual interactions. Impressed, sometimes devastated, but always fully invested. Some side familial relationships that came into play were equally touching, and of course, there was one big, fat, unignorable relationship that was equal parts fascinating and disturbing and rarely failed to make my skin crawl.
THE WORLD BUILDING/HISTORY: Was a massively important part of this story, but doled out in such a way that it neither alienated nor bored the reader.
Overall, this was an outstanding installment that will leave you hopelessly, desperately waiting for the next one, as I am.
I don't know what I expected from this book based on where the last one ended, but I could have never predicted this.
Just when you think Sage has suffered all the ways a person could possibly be broken, Frost throws more at her. I'd say this novel deserves another trigger warning as it has Sage dealing with her worst nightmare of being captured by the man who tortured her and taken to the Scythians. It isn't pleasant.
This book has less physical action and a lot of psychological actions/drama. The war isn't with weapons, its with words. I really don't want to say too much as a I feel with psychological novels you need to go in blind. Frost does a great job of making you see things from Sage's POV to the point it impacts how you perceive what is happening.
I will say we get to see more of some previously mentioned female characters. I loved their development and I adore that Frost gives female friends and family as much weight and importance as romance.
You may be asking, wait what about Tehl? Or Sam? Or Rafe? Well that's the reason for four stars instead of five. This was incredibly well written, don't get me wrong. The men have their place, but its smaller and mostly searching, worrying, plotting and waiting for the right time. I don't see how Frost could have done it differently, but it left me missing them. Sage's kidnapping does give both Tehl and Sage (and Rafe) a chance to step back and evaluate their situations and feelings and come to some conclusions. Those conclusions along with what happens in this book have me really excited for book 4.
I literally could not put this book down until the end (which for me was around 4:30 am). This was a very hard book to read at times because of some of the darker themes. People with high sensitivities to rape and torture should be cautious reading this book. However, despite the very dark themes, it never felt like I was dragged into a dark place that sucked the will to live from me. You admire Sage's will to keep fighting and can see her strength despite her scars (literal and figurative). I thought that Sage's reactions to everything that happened to her were so realistic and heartwrenching. You couldn't help but feel what she was feeling. It was also interesting to see how the relationships progress despite the physical distance of characters.
I would knock down 1/2 star as some of the relationships between Tehl and those around him (Sage's parents) changed so suddenly and without enough build up that it didn't seem realistic and almost too corny. However, that might just seem so exaggerated because the other relationships in this book are so well written. However, this is an amazing series and is quickly becoming one of my favorite. Read it...you won't regret it!
Enemy's Queen: The Aermian Feuds Book Three by Frost Kay has surpassed it's sister installments, with more action, more drama, more darkness and of course, more epic characters interactions.
I'm not going to tell you anything about this book, it is the third book in and outstanding series and, I'm not going to spoil it for you. But I will tell you how heart clenching this book is, how the pacing has you on pins and needles. Sure it did feel slow in some places, but for me I felt it added to the suspense. When done right it adds to the plot and danger, and Mrs Kay has done it right!
Sage and Thel, they are a powerful team and I love them. That's all I'm going to touch on because their journey in this book is too magnificent to spoil.
Overall this book is simply put, amazing. This series is amazing, I love everything about it and more. There are few epic fantasy series out that that can keep it's pace and plot flowing smoothly. The Aermian Feuds books do all that, and they just keep getting better, darker and sinister. I can't wait to read more, because this wasn't the end.
I hight recommend you get your hand on this series. You will not regreat it.
Let me start by saying that Tehl is my favorite character in this series followed by Sam and Gav. I was often irritated by Sage in the last book. Finally, it looked like she might actually come around to my way of thinking when she was kidnapped. Oddly enough, this experience has made her grow. I like that while Zane may have sympathetic seconds, he is still obviously the villain of the piece. I am glad that Sage has opened her eyes to just who Tehl can be to her. I am happy that Tehl's father is once again taking an interest in the kingdom. I especially love watching Tehl come into his own. (Have I mentioned that he is my favorite?) Can't wait to read the next book where, hopefully, Sage and Tehl can find the happiness they deserve in the kingdom they will surely save.