This book took me a while to get into, but eventually I found myself enjoying it. The world building is done really well, and I became immersed in the world and the characters pretty early on.
I wanted to like this book SO much more than I actually did, and it is probably the biggest disappointment of my reading journey so far this year. After absolutely loving Caraval and Legendary, my expectations were set really high for Finale.
My one and only complaint about Ace of Shades was that we didn’t get enough info on the politics, and then comes King of Fools with all kinds of explanations and a political race at its center.
If I had to describe this book in one sentence, I’d say that it’s a cross between Caraval and Six of Crows, but it’s also super different and totally it’s own story.
Everything about this book was basic; I enjoyed reading it, but it doesn’t have anything that makes it special. Nothing made it stand out, and there were all kinds of small things that grated on me along the way.
I’d definitely recommend picking up The Emperor’s Soul if you’re in a reading slump; it’s super short, but packs a punch with an impressively fleshed out story for such few pages.
I had a really hard time getting into this one, and I’m not really sure why. I think there were a few things going on: first, that the characters didn’t have enough depth and I was struggling to connect with them, and second, the plot had too many loose threads that lasted too long and not enough happened in regards to each.
DNF 75%. It took me a while to get into this one, and I’m not really sure why even I stuck around and lasted as long as I did. The writing was very plain and basic, and I felt that the descriptions of environments and characters were lacking overall.