well, this got progressively better as I read
but still sobs it felt like torture😭🤚
so happy I’m done.
Okay, it wasn’t that bad, but it was unbelievably slow. It got much better in the 2nd half, but there were still many parts that would just drag on
and I was dying.
While I didn’t love An Ember in the Ashes , I did thoroughly enjoy it so I was pretty excited for this book when I saw that it for fans of that series.
It is very unfortunate that I was disappointed.💀
But I do see how the two are similar — the way the commanders/rulers in both books treat their soldiers/slaves is very cruel and there’s a rebellion plot to overthrow said rulers.
oh how i’ve grown to despise that plot
Also, I’d like to say that I loved Pran and Oksana, but I didn’t. It was definitely interesting seeing the two main characters already in love with each other from the beginning but ehhhhh I don’t like them and I don’t like their romance.😕
Although I will say—and yes, I know something’s wrong with me—that I started liking Pran a lot more when I saw him kill others for the good of the rebellion.
I mean, at least he knew when to make hard decisions even if it made him feel like a monster. I applaud him for that.
don’t question my sanity
Oh, and even though I didn’t like the romance at all, it was interesting to see the author have Oksana and Pran struggle with their relationship throughout the novel, since both had different ideas of freedom.
How far would they go to get what they wanted? Would they have to become the monsters they very much despised to get their freedom? Many questions were raised along the way — it was nice to see the complexity of the situation they were in.
So yea, even though this definitely felt like torture forcing my way through this book, it wasn’t totally bad
maybe just for me.
And I was actually in a cursed slump before this and I think I’ve been cured??? Like I was so bored with this book that I now I really feel like reading a super good book. (cough ACOSF) So THANK YOU for saving me.
Buddy read with amazing friends, Katie @ Whispering Pages and Alex @ The Scribe Owl <33
Thank you Xpresso Book Tours for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!!
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𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕