King Shrewd is dead at the hands of his son Regal. As is Fitz or so his enemies and friends believe. But with the help of his allies and his beast magic, he emerges from the grave, deeply scarred in body and soul.
I really enjoyed seeing Fitz’s evolution over the course of the plot. At the start he is still more wolf than human and watching him struggle to retain his humanity was highly entertaining to read. The scenes between Fitz and Burrich during this time were incredibly poignant and touching. Burrich really displayed how much he loves Fitz and we see him step up and save Fitz time and time again. I can’t say I appreciated the way Fitz spoke to him and pushed him away but I’m glad we see him eventually move on.
I found Fitz to be a little petulant and childish for most of the book. At the start when he starts on his journey to kill Regal with no plan just his ego and his wit leading him into a trap. The fact that he even thought to himself what if Will was using the skill to coax him to Tradeford and then walk right into the trap was frustrating. He was so hell bent on killing Regal for his own gain that all of his assassin skills just went right out the window.
Nighteyes was one constant in the story that I loved. His relationship with Fitz and his simple way of life was a breath of fresh air in the plot. His dedication to Fitz and steadfast logic I think really prolonged Fitz’s survival.
Starling wasn’t a favourite character of mine. I found her to be a bit of an opportunist and didn’t really care for Fitz or his wellbeing, just wanting to us him for her own personal gain. I think the fact that she followed him so far and her song didn’t even end up being about him was ironic. Selling out Nettle to the Farseer throne was really the last straw for me with her. She never even really apologised to Fitz about it either which really grated me.
The story as a whole just really dragged and got very repetitive. I understand the book is really centered around this quest that Fitz has to undertake to find King Verity but I think a solid 400-500 pages was just Fitz travelling and making and breaking up camps. There wasn’t enough action or a real sense of adventure for me. By the end when we started finally finding out answers to all the questions that have been posed throughout the series I wasn’t really interested or invested anymore.
I story is very immersive, epic and I can respect the way Robin Hobb wove the plot in a way that makes you really delve deep into these characters, it just wasn’t the story for me.
⭐️2/5 stars Not enough happened for me to justify the length…
I seen this book tag over on @ Kristin Kraves Books but the original creator is @bookprincessreviews! This tag is all about your bookish goals, plans and predictions for 2020!
All of these prompts are your predictions for your…
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore – I want to continue on with my backlist reading momentum and finally get around to this book!
Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto – I have high expectations, Crown of Feathers was a great book and I am hoping the sequel will be even better!
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo – from what I’ve heard I think I am either going to love this book or hate it!
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas – she always has a romance mixed into her fantasy book so I am hoping for a new all time fav ship!
Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw – I really enjoyed The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw and I want to see if her new book will be just as good!
Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – Aurora Rising was one of my favourite books of 2019 and I have been desperate to continue on with this series so I have no doubt I will feel the same way after completing Aurora Burning!
Once again I loved the direction the plot went in. We are introduced to some new characters and say goodbye to a few I thought were going to integral to the plot.
Magnus is really cementing his position as one of my favourite characters in this series. I started off really not liking him and how he was trying to hard to emulate his father, but in this installment in particular we really see a shift in his character with a lot of development and growth. At times he is still going back and forth on whether or not to trust Cleo but when he makes his ultimate decision to trust his instincts and go with what his heart desires I was soooo happy!
Cleo I think is really starting to come into her own. I just think she is still too trusting of people. She let Nic and Kurtus get into her head about not trusting Magnus when she knew all along that her best chance to overcome Gais was to side with him. She really took charge and wouldn’t back down to anyone when they stood in her way!
Lucia is getting on my nerves. I think she is entitled and selfish and deluded into thinking she is in charge of the situation. Her attitude throughout the plot and her disregard for innocent lives definitely strengthened my previous feeling about her. Yes her arc is interesting and we are getting answers to a lot of questions but at the same time I don’t really care about her at all…
Jonas is still such an endearing character to me. He has managed to escape so many life-threatening situations and honestly shouldn’t be alive. I definitely felt bad for him in this book, especially after everything that happened with Lys. I honestly thought they would end up together in the end and now that Cleo is out of the equation as well I wonder what is going to happen with him next.
There were soo many power moves and schemes happening in this book that at times it was a little hard to keep up with it all. I am very much invested in all of the characters and I am eagerly anticipating what is going to happen in the final two books!
This weeks’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is what books I am hoping to read during the Autumn months … Summer is finally over and I can’t wait for the colder months to get here! I think all the books I picked have a Autumnal/Wintery vibe so it seemed fitting. Happy Reading!
My Autumn TBR is:
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas
The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson
Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto
The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye
Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao
A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos
Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Last week I managed to read 4 books and wrap up a series I have been wanting to catch up on in a very long time! I was able to incorporate all of the prompts and surpassed the goal I set for myself so I am super stoked with how this readathon went! I decided to scrap The Black Prism that was on my TBR for the time being, simply because I find I’m in the middle of too many series at the moment and I didn’t want to start a new epic fantasy series of 6 books until I wrapped up a few I am already in the middle of.
The books I read for the Backlist Readathon are:
Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan
Frozen Tides, Crystal Storm & Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes
I really enjoyed this readathon! I liked being able to look at my shelves and prioritise the books I have been wanting to read for a while now. Like I said I wrapped up a fantasy series I have been in the middle of for over a year now and read a late 2019 release I have been putting off as well, I know if I didn’t read it this week I probably wouldn’t for months and months.