“What comes next is based on solid plans and solid action in the present.”
Every Melokai rules for 10 years and after that their tongues are cut off and they are banished. Peqkians strongly believe that the power corrupts even the strongest minds.
Ramya has been a Melokai for 12 years now, but she can’t delay any longer. The time has come for her to be exiled from the country that bloomed under her rule. She has to abandon people who loved her so much. Or at least, she thought they loved her.
The writing style is very, very simple. I love marking beautiful quotes in my books and, truth be told, I didn’t have a lot to do with this novel.
I didn’t like a couple of things. The first was the fact that the introduction to the world was very awkward. At the beginning Ramya asks her advisior to remind her what lies behind the border of Peqkya. Do you really expect me to believe that the ruler of a country just casually forgot about something like that?
Generally, I am not a big fan of made up swear words in books. Though I understand that it’s a really good way to remind the reader that the world they are reading about is different from the one they live in. While I was reading this novel I frequently stumbled upon the world “Zhaq”. Or “Zhaq you”. I am sure you already know what that means. But… why? This word is never explained. Why is vulgar? It was really bugging me the whole time.
I also have to admit that I almost DNFed this book at the very beginning because of the misandry. Peqkya is a country ruled entirely by women. Men are slaves. Every woman has the right to have sex with any man she wants and if she finds the sex unsatisfactory, the men has his genitals cut off and stuffed into his mouth and he is spiked on a pole, where he dies slow and horrific death. So… yeah.
I am going to be completely honest. I didn’t like any of the characters. Not even one. And there is A LOT of characters. And a lot of POVs (a little bit too much for my liking). I thought that all of them were unrelatable. Besides, they were really… flat.
Something I really enjoyed was the fact that people adapted in a really interesting way to their habitats. The ones who live in a cave have no sight, but they use echolocation and are able to absorb moisture through skin. And people living in the desert, where the water is scarce, have humps on their backs – like camels.
There is also a race of wolves who posses human-like attributes. And I kind of enjoyed this idea… right until the point where they started to learn how to wield human weapons. I am sorry, but the idea of wolves holding spears and swords in their paws is ridiculously funny to me.
I had a really hard time reading this book. And I am pretty sure it’s because nothing was actually happening. There is A LOT of POVs changes. It’s enough to keep you thinking that maybe this is going somewhere. But it’s not. And the big climax of this book isn’t really that big. I was just simply bored.
I am disappointed. And annoyed. I spend over a week trying to get through this book and there really wasn’t much payoff. This story introduces a lot of interesting and original ideas, but in a way that’s just simply unappealing to me. I am not going to continue reading this series.
I recieved a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review