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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-06-20

Series starts strong, not much development in the second but I let it slide, I now realize this is just going to be another weekly soap with very little overarching story. Each book tackling its own problem. I'm not one for filler (at least in novels) but if that's your thing go nuts.

One of my few 5/5 books

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-20

I thought I'd read all the best sci-fi/fantasy already but damn. so glad I stumbled onto this series, twists and turns of politics, intricate and nuanced magics, characters and connections that bring it all to life. Such great momentum from beginning to end (and beyond) all with a very powerful performer that really manages to capture the depths of passion and pain in the protagonist's ordeals.
As with the first, I'm enraptured by a bittersweet ending that has me eager to discover what will happens next.

No idea why I enjoyed this as much as I did

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-05-20

Weird fairy mind control, gross love triangles, cliche redemption and creepy obsessions.
Can't wait to pick up the next one.

This is an example of good writing. The target audience is clearly YA and yet a 26yo dude who exclusively reads action remained enthralled throughout.

One of the few books I can't finish

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-05-20

Let me begin by saying I'm not going to give it the excuse of me not being the target audience, because great art appeals to everyone.

When I went in, I didn't think I was in for a Twilight-esq tale but I was down for it. I enjoy near-everything I come across (at least to an extent) and I've only ever quit one book before this one.

This performance was solid and the prose was powerful. The romance was gripping and passionate and you really felt the world come alive. That said, every other aspect of the story was utterly unbearable.

There's just nothing inventive about it. It's just generic vampire/witch/demon drama acting as an empty driving point to showcase how powerful and intelligent and handsome the love interest is. I get the need for a reveal but I'm halfway through and I'm just thinking "surely there has to be more to this than wanting to know about evolution"

Any tension (and solutions that come with it) feel manufactured to the point of hilarity. Lofty academics and ancient entities, but everyone acts like they're in high school. "Quick, I need to take you to a castle in France for no reason!"

I get that it's primarily a romance novel but there could have been stronger plot points to actually move the story along.

It is nice that the author takes the time to world build, but like everything else it just feels empty. I just don't have enough stake in this world to care about its intricacies.

I also find the whole dynamic super creepy. The age difference I could usually get over, but not when it's paired with constant threat and the fact that he's clearly a substitute for her father.

The romance was just so flawed in its perfection. I just don't see the appeal of some stunning/flawless/intellectual love interest. It just casts a shadow on an otherwise-strong female lead. She rapidly went from a powerful witch and accomplished mind, to a giddy schoolgirl who needs hand-holding and protection.

Give me someone dark, someone downtrodden, someone with a soul or figure that borders on unlovable. Not this pseudo-flawed, hyper-charming vampire who's biggest issue is "Oh no! I'm just too passionate and protective and beautiful!" It's just gratuitous.

TL;DR: The book feels like a long-winded erotica. That said the writing is solid and well balanced and I have no qualms with the performance, so if you're horny and/or have daddy issues then I say give it a shot.

Great Series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-20

A trilogy rich with conflict. Loved the story but it was the characters that kept me intrigued. They really felt alive, their own personal development was gripping the entire way through.

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super fun read!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-20

you can really feel the author loves his work. much like his other series, the protagonist is super overpowered (this time due to luck/fate) but that doesn't really bother me. once in a while it's nice to follow a character that owns. look forward to the next one

Getting old

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-03-20

I love this author, amazing characters and worlds. But every one has the same process of progression. Kel is whiney and cowardly, is forced not to be. It's fine for a few books but now we're 5 in and it just feels forced. How many times is he going to let some dude character die before finding his courage? Even his powers are the same as in the first book. He used no cards, no coins, the spirit is gone. Same with characters, other that the sister everyone has left, so it's hard to care about the fate of some random nation. The whole plot felt more like an interlude. I hope he doesn't regress again in the next part because for the most part I do love these books.
Also, I swear the old jantep queen understood squirrel cat? Maybe I'm misremembering

amazing world building

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-20

most stories of this length are riddled with filler, but not here. Gripping throughout with a huge amount of plot that somehow managed to not feel overwhelming. Can't wait for the next one!
Great performance as always

average

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-12-19

all these books are the same tbh. it's just the fantasy novel equivalent of the countless detective series on tv. like them, these books are enjoyable, but nothing special. short episodes with little overarching story

Intriguing but lacking

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-19

Solid story of love, conflict, great journeys and betrayals. Magic/world building pretty average though great in the series as a whole. Felt it was missing something. It was good in most ways but great in none. Plot just felt a bit dull at times.