“I believe dawn is the violent overthrow of night. But night is always still there – just on the periphery – waiting… and at the end of the day, it comes to claim us all.”
Roselle St. Sismode is in the Fate of Virtues, but despite the protection of Clarity Bowie she is still in danger. Her friends want to use her and her enemies will stop at nothing to see her dead. Surrounded by untrustworthy and unpredictable people and tormented by recurrent panic attacks, Roselle has a purpose of her own. And she is determinded to fulfill it.
Unfortunately, the writing hasn’t improved. It’s exactly the same as it was in Secondborn. Writing is simple and easy to read, but something about the way the author describes the scenery and fight scenes feels very wrong. It’s a little bit too messy. It makes my reading experience really frustrating, because I have trouble with visualising a lot of things.
Finally! Finally we have interesting characters! People who have depth. And not only Roselle, but most of the characters that surround her. It’s an amazing improvement, because in the first book everyone was a little bit too flat and one-dimensional.
The only person who still is incredibly boring and dull is our main character’s love interest – Hawthorne. He’s handsome and that basically all that there is to know about him. But Roselle has two other attractive men who fight for her affection (yes, there is no love triangle. This book upgraded that to love quadrangle. And somehow it’s actually not annoying at all. I am as surprised as you are.), so I am hopeful that she will be smart and choose Reykin.
For the first 40% I was really annoyed. I still haven’t recovered from the disappointed that was the first book in this series and the fact that nothing really interesting or exciting was happening was beginning to irritate me. But after that ball everything picked up and I found myself actually invested in this story. When the action started it didn’t slow down until the very last page of the book.
I am so happy that I decided to give this series a second chance. I actually hated Secondborn so I started this book with a really low expectations, but it actually was really good! I think that the first 40% of the story is a 1,5 star read and the rest deserves a solid 4 star, so I think that giving this whole book 3 star rating is nothing but fair.
If you haven’t enjoyed Secondborn, I highly recommend to try to read the sequel. It might surprise you.
I recieved a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review