This was fantastic!
I really enjoyed how the story unfolded and developed in this sequel, the world was really expanded and we got a lot more information about the gods and how they came to be and what their motives were.
Sarai has fallen to her death but has returned as a ghost and is under the control of Minya. Lazlo now faces the unthinkable decision to either fold under Minya’s demands to raze Weep to the ground or let the woman he loves evanesce into nothing.
I feel like Minya really shined in this book a lot more. She is still as unlikeable as she was in Strange the Dreamer but we now have reasoning for her tenacity and unforgiving nature. The way that Serai had to intricate herself into Minya’s drug induced dreams and discover how much the past has a hold of her and still want to somehow help and reduce her pain was wonderful to read. I really enjoyed those discoveries of what happened that day and finally uncovering the truth and having Minya be released of the burdens of the ghosts and finally become whole was gratifying.
I also really enjoyed the fact that the others had a purpose that they fulfilled in the book. Ruby, Sparrow and Feral weren’t that interesting to me in the past, I just kind of felt like they were filler characters but in this book they are really came into themselves and became a lot more distinguishable. Each of them really had pivotal scenes in the book that had an everlasting effect on the storyline.
Getting the back story to Kora and Nova and seeing what they have had to deal with and overcome really enriched the story and added another layer to the plot. I loved the interaction between the sisters and how much loyalty and dedication they have towards each other. Seeing the journey that Nova had to undergo over the course of 2 centuries and still not getting to Weep and her sister in time was heartbreaking. I loved every second of it, I was really rooting for Nova and Kora to be reunited but making that connection early on about who Kora was I knew that that wasn’t going to happen so I had time to brace myself for that scene.
I loved everything in this book honestly. I relished finally getting all the details about the gods and how they discovered Weep and what happened to the rest of the children over the years. The way the information was given felt very organic and wasn’t rushed at all. I thought the pacing of the story was very well done and the way Laini Taylor writes is just so lyrical and descriptive you can really sort of loose yourself in the book!
I thought this was absolutely beautiful and wrapped itself up very well yet there is still room to grow and expand even more should more books come out which I found very impressive. I also kind of liked the little nod to the Daughter of Smoke and Bones series and how it kind of interconnect, even though I wasn’t a fan of that series I thought it was a fun way to refer back to her previous work.
⭐️4.5/5 stars highly recommend I loved every second of this book!