This was interesting!
Sadie is a mixed format story revolving around two sisters, one has been murdered and the other is on a mission to extract revenge.
Sadie is a character that you can really put your support behind. She is very straightforward and driven and you can relate to her in a way. If I was in a similar situation I would have probably done the same thing. She will do absolutely anything for her sister and it kind of broke my heart as we learn throughout the course of the plot what she has had to endure. I thought she was brave, focused and devoted to her cause.
I have to say I really enjoyed the different formats and timelines of the story. West following Sadie and trying to extract the truth and dig deep into their history and her motivation behind running away and then having Sadie doing her own digging and finding out where Keith is now, and uncovering all the details about Silas as well. The mystery aspect of the story was very well done and the buildup of anticipation through the pacing and the tone of the book enraptured me.
Every single character in the book served a purpose and made some form of impact upon Sadie and drove her to the next location. I like that we see how West makes these same discoveries for himself and kind of comes the same conclusions as Sadie following all of the clues and picking apart their conversations and trying to find out what her motivations were was highly engaging.
The ending is a point of contention for me. I think I have come to the conclusion that I don’t really like open endings. I need a resolution, I need to know whether or not Sadie is alive and I really wanted to see what happened in those last few minutes.
⭐️4/5 stars This was fast, purposeful and highly impactful
There are still quite a few fantasy series that I have been meaning to read for a while now that I want to priorities this year! I was able to get through most of the list that I made last year and I would like to continue on with that same momentum and finish some new series that I will hopefully love!
So here are 5 Fantasy Series I want to start/complete this year:
Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco
Wayward Children’s series by Seanan McGuire
The Red Queen’s War series by Mark Lawrence
Shattered Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima
Red Rising Series by Pierce Brown
Special Mention to the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks – this is carried over from last year, the only series I didn’t start in 2019
Liked didn’t quite love.
Royal Assassin continues pretty much straight where Assassin’s Apprentice left off. Fitz is still in the mountains recuperating after his bout of poisoning at the hands of Prince Regal, ponding whether to remain for the Winter or start the trek back to Buckeep and the burden of being the bastard.
I like how this sequel we delve so much deeper into the backgrounds of a few of the characters and their reasonings behind where their loyalties lie. Which I feel was really the main focus of the book. There are various situations where Fitz finds his faith and trust for his king pushed right to its limits. He even at times I feel circumvents his oaths in a way that still isn’t treason but is better suited to his point of view. We do see some growth throughout the storyline but I feel there is still so much more that he is capable of and hasn’t shown his full potential yet.
I find Molly to be a little bit unlikable. I see the reasoning behind her character and how Robin Hobb utilised her as a way for Fitz to truly display either his love and commitment to her or to the Farseer line. I felt she went into the whole situation well aware of how she will be perceived and accepted the inevitable for what it was yet still she demanded Fitz to choose her knowing he wasn’t going to. I think it was the back and forth that bugged me the most. One day she will be accepting of Fitz’s situation and would just live for the moment and try to be happy and other days she would reject him completely and not be open to any kind of compromise.
The pacing of the story was a little off for me. There were certain sections that were very action packed with high intensity and then the plot would become stagnant and a little dry. This is a very politically driven plot with a few fantastical elements thrown in, whereas I would prefer the reverse. I felt like it was just a little too long as well, not enough happened for me to justify the book being 648 pages. I think had this book been around the 400 page mark I would of been a lot more engaged.
I want to know more about the mysterious Elderlings, I want to see Fitz utilise more of his assassin abilities and have a few more covert missions. There just wasn’t enough oomph in this for me.
⭐️3/5 stars still a solid fantasy read, just not entertaining enough for me, I’m hoping for an explosive ending!
This week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt is my most anticipated releases for the first half of 2020. I have a couple of sequels and continuations of series, a few first books of new series from authors I love and a couple of books that I am intrigued about and have been a little bit hyped already before their releases.
A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer (Expected publication Jan 7th)
The Night Country by Melissa Albert (Expected publication Jan 7th)
Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen (Expected publication Jan 7th)
Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore (Expected publication Jan 14th)
The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson (Expected publication Jan 21st)
Crescent City by Sarah J Maas (Expected publication Mar 3rd)
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare (Expected publication Mar 3rd)
The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence (Expected publication Apr 30th)
Aurora Burning by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman (Expected publication May 5th)
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo (Expected publication May 5th)