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I loved the first two books, but this one was just oppressive, with the situations not really changing for the entire book. Please, please, please make the next one a little happier. I understand that war is coming, and she has had a REALLY bad year, but I do not read to get depressed.
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!
Queen’s Enemy, book three was Fantastic. Get ready for an all nighter. If you have read Frost’s previous work, you know her stories are not only plot driven but fully character driven also. Queen’s Enemy does not disappoint. Frost builds each character even deeper. The drama is big, the emotions run deep. Queen’s Enemy is raw, dark, and all done amazingly so. Ready for book 4!
Would love to see the next book soon. Minus one star just because of the darkness. I know it's something to get through, but I don't particularly enjoy it and I found myself skipping some paragraphs because I just didn't want to deal with it and I could tell what was going to happen.
Another enjoyable read....loving the characters. I can't wait for the next book in the series. I love the twists and turns ...it will be interesting to see how the dragon will enter back into the plot.☺