My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was my third time reading this book, but somehow I've never written a review for it before. I must right this wrong immediately!
This book is exactly the sort of book I want to read. The characters are vibrant and come to life on the page. Every character from the six main characters to someone's lost brother are all well-developed. No character is introduced to just say a line or fill a gap, everyone has a role to play in this story. Ah, my character loving heart is so fulfilled in this story.
However, world-building is nearly zero and the plot, honestly, is rather brief.
Now, I'm totally willing to forgive the lack of world-building, because if you have read the Grisha Trilogy already (which you should have I hope), you know all about this world. You know about the saints and what people believe. You understand how the magic works and what people think about those who have it. Because we already have that knowledge, we didn't need it again. I would have maybe liked more of a description of the Crow Club or really anywhere they visit, the place descriptions are a little too brief, even for me, I'm willing to forgive the muted backdrops because of our colorful characters.
Because so much of the story is based on characters and their backstories (told via flashbacks and memories), the plot has to be kept brief or this would be a 1000 page tome. The plot may be simple, but how it plays out as a scaffolding for these characters is quite an enjoyable read.
Really, the biggest tragedy to this book is that it is only a duology and not a trilogy. I know that a third book has been hinted at and I hope it comes to be because I need more of Kaz and Inej.
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