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So... I stopped at Chapter 10. This just wasn't for me. It's gorey and while I tried to root for the girl, her powers repulsed me. The fact that her death power didn't cause her hesitation until others were horrified, just didn't sit well with me. She was kind of a monster. And I found that details went back and forth and left me wondering what was what. This had a very intriguing premise and I wanted to get swept away and go on an adventure, but it just didn't happen. I wouldn't say the writing style itself was lacking!! There was just no connection, nothing to draw me in and towards the characters.
While the story is developed sufficiently to draw the reader through to the end, with no need to continue reading the next book, the story lacks maturity. The basic plot works but it relies on assertion rather than discovery. For example, the antagonist is just assumed to be a bad guy, is easily confronted with verbal sparring, some physical fighting, and the climatic battle is sort of rushed through. There is no layering of politics with subtle foreshadowing, betrayal, or hints. It’s pretty much a blunt hammer stroke for each conflict and confrontation scene. Think coloring book drawing compared to a painting by Renoir.
The protagonist just wields her bloody, torturous power, accepting her fiancé’s lopped off body parts for her magic as though he is handing her a granola bar, and she seems to only care about her reputation i.e. if she’s adored by her subjects. Yes, she has character growth moments, but these are stated through internal dialog where she asserts what she must become and do.
The sentences in the story have a clipped cadence, where it feels like the protagonist, who is telling the story in first person POV, is constantly arguing, pushing, insisting, etc. ‘I must, I must, I must increase my...’ sort of a drive.
There are wonderful moments where the author takes risks to describe things in an original way, but there are awkward moments that cause the reader to stumble.
I think this author has potential, but this story is a rough outline that needs more polish and subtlety. There is gross violent magic that is not appropriate for younger readers, but the kissing scenes are PG.
but first, she had to prove she had control of her magic, the most dangerous kind that only her family’s bloodline could wield.
This book started out so irritating! It just went on and on about the MC becoming queen, that she’d been training for it all of her life. And while after things went wrong, the story began to speed up, but the MC kept droning on and on about her being queen, her people, her magic, it was irritating, but with skipping over those parts the story got better. (Yes, I know it’s important to the story, but I felt it was way too much of a beating!)
So begins the quest of running away to find the bad guy, meet new characters, discover secrets, among other adventures.
Because of the overly done word beating at the beginning of the story, and here and there throughout, I can give this story three stars.
I put this book off for a long while because I knew is started with a story line I really do not like. But at last, it was next in line... again, so I just started it. After the scenes that had kept me away ended the adventure began and the story got pretty good. The ending however was predictable and I just felt relieved that I finally read this book.