SPOILERS FOR BOOK ONE IN THIS REVIEW!
This was just OK. I read Red Queen when it came out last year and thought it was a good start for epicness to come in the later installments…and I am sorry to say that I was mostly disappointed.
We start off where Red Queen left off and we are escaping Maven. This first chunk of the book had me a little confused as I reacquainted myself with this world and the characters but once it moved past that, it started to get really good. Until it wasn’t anymore. This book felt like a roller coaster of really epic/great scenes followed by many scenes that dragged painfully. An example of this would be when Mare gets in the fight with Maven that left her with the lightning scars, we get a great visual of how its going down and the scenery and then Mare blacks out before we really get started. The next thing we see is her waking up with Cal and Kilorn…if I remember correctly, Victoria showed us a lot of action in RQ and I just felt like it wasn’t so prevalent here.
A lot of this book’s problems for me had to do with Mare and Cal. I actually really liked them in RQ but in this book, they just seemed childish and annoying. Mare toys with this whole decision of what she will have to do with Maven throughout the ENTIRE book. I started to get really pissed off when she would say that she would never succumb to him no matter how many people he kills and what a monster he is, and then a few pages later talking about how much she loves him and must do what needs to be done to save the new bloods. Cal did this a lot too and I get that they are extremely conflicted with how they are feeling about Maven, but come on guys, make up your mind.
I also felt like we met too many new characters too quickly and we didn’t spend as much time with them as we should have. I would have liked to have some more time with these new soldiers instead of just using most of them to fight most of the the time we are with them.
The positives in this book were definitely Maven, Shade and Farley. I want a whole book on Maven honestly, he is the saving grace of this whole book and I just love how evil is. Shade was really great to read about as well, he was the comic relief at some points but still kick ass when he needed to be. I was heartbroken when he died and felt so horrible watching Farley break down. I wish we could have seen more of their relationship. I also liked seeing Mare’s relationship with Kilorn, they felt like real friends which I really enjoyed as well as Mare and her family.
I got a sort of Feyre/Rhys from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas vibe from the deal that Mare and Maven made at the end, it’ll probably be enough for me to pick up the next book next year but I’m not sure yet.
I demand more Maven in Book 3.