This Crumbling Pageant

 

“The air danced with magic, and could such magic truly be Shadows? Could anything so shimmering and bright be Dark? “

Summary
Persephone Fury possesses a dark, powerful and unpredictable kind of magic. It’s her family’s greatest secret. If anyone found out, she would be shunned by the Society, forever losing her chance for a good marriage. It would also expose her to all kinds of sleazy people who would seek to abuse her powers.
But dangerous times are ahead of her and Persephone might find that hiding her magic is a luxury she is no longer able to afford.

Writing
The writing style is beautiful – flowery and poetic. I was especially impressed by the descriptions of melody. While reading, I often caught myself swaying to the music that this book created in my head. It was a wonderful experience.

Characters
All of the characters are incredibly three-dimensional. They are deep and complex. You are never really certain who is trustworthy and who only wants to use Persephone. Hell, I wasn’t even completely sure who was the villain until almost the end of the book.

Plot
This book definitely has a really interesting and intricate plot. But it’s too long. Way too long. I feel like a lot of unnecessary thing happened. And the descriptions are a bit too Tolkien-ish for my liking. The author put a lot of care into creating very detailed scenes, but while it makes you truly feel like you are a part of the story, it also takes up a looot of space. I am a little bit too impatient for that. But if you are a fan of slow-paced books, I feel like you are going to be just fine.

Overall
I am really surprised by this book. It was a beautiful coming of age story. This novel was truly empowering. It told a completely different story from the one I was expecting. If it only were a little bit shorter…

 

I recieved a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

4

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