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Characters. I'll start with Diamond: On the surface she appears like your typical weak human. But we learn she's half-fae, suffers from panic attacks, deals with a lot of loss in her young life ... and all these things makes her stronger. She is a bit naive (clueless), especially how others (Hugo and the Prince) feel about her and as a reader I was like, come on. You have to know that both guys like you. I also would have lumped in the BFF here but I don't know much about him. As the story progresses, so does Diamond in finding herself, what she wants and how to get it. I liked that.
Hugo: He has some major issues to overcome and as the reader we don't know why he is the closed-off warrior. As the story unfolds, we do get glimpses in his past, his powers and relationship to the queen. He's pretty intense as a character.
BFF: he doesn't appear much during the story and doesn't really have an intricate part in it. I often wondered why he was introduced b/c it did feel like the conversations they do have are for convenience and not of importance to move the plot forward.
Queen: a character we don't get to really know until three quarters into the story line. But what we do know, we love to hate. Great villain.
Others: As in any other epic story, there are a slew of characters to remember and at the beginning it is a bit difficult to remember who everyone is. Not only are there names, but new places, too (8 realms).
While I'm not fond of third person (I forget that in 3rd person the point of view can change), I did have to remind myself of that fact when I first started the series. But each character does have their own voice, style and thoughts so it is relatively easy to know who is talking. For me, the pacing was a bit slow at times and would have liked to see a more consistent steady pace.
So overall I really did enjoy the story.
Since this book is not R rated, at least so far, I plan on introducing it to my teen daughter. I think she will enjoy it as well.
Also kudos to the editors! I only found one misspellings. Today that is tremendous as almost every book I read has tons of spelling errors.
Here are some things I don't get:
If Avalonia's Queen worships Erebos (aka the Devil) and Ragor "Wraith Lord" seems to also follow this dude, then why the heck don't they like each other? Why they fighting? Why not work together to snuff out the remaining light (aka Diamond) in the world? Hmm??? Seems like they're just askin' to get their arses whooped by one wimpy female.
General Edo's alliance...Who the FRICK is he working for?? Because he seems to hate the Queen, Ragor, AND Diamond in equal measure...For COMPLETELY DIFFERENT REASONS! What even is his endgame, his goal, his hopes and dreams? What is the bloody POINT of it all? Why pretend to be on EVERYONE'S side? Which he basically was doing...I'm just so confused!
Oh Lord skippy, here we freaking go...
Diamond is basically Caia (Tale of Lunarmorte series by Samantha Young) without all the bad***ery. She comes into her goddess-given powers through chance and a need of them (as Caia did), and is a half-breed who is looked on with contempt for her dual nature.
I have to admit, the lass is pretty weak. She was SUCH a totally damsel with her whining and pity-party. Even her best-human-friend Tom had more bravery and drive to survive. GO TOM! And SHE is supposed to save the world from darkness? *snorts* We'll see. If she can stop wholly obsessing over Hugo to make something meaningful out of everyone's sacrifices for her, then she may have some serious potential with all that power coursing through her veins. I have higher hopes for the next book. Square up D!
Hugo is like a more belligerent version of SO MANY notable love interests that I have come across in all my reading. He has the loyalty to his Queen that Ash had, until Meghan came into his life (Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa); so too with Diamond coming into Hugo's. It's Ash whom he most resembles, ESPECIALLY with both of their paralleling pasts. I can see the ruthlessness of Lorcan (Ancients of Light series by Heather Fleener) in him, and his all-consuming possession over his "Nexus."
In spite of his similarity to so many inspiring men and despite all his brass and bluster, he's a freaking puppet. Just as Diamond believes him to be. Yeah, I don't really like the guy. Can't say I HATE him, per se, but he's DEFINITELY on my hit list.
Zane. No, he's not really an important character to this plot, but I love his gay self SO DARN MUCH! His playful bossiness and fun-loving attitude—and his constant flirting with Tom :D—gave me SO MUCH LIFE! We do NOT get to see enough of that dude to please me. *sigh*
Jack (aka Prince Oden) is completely human and TOTALLY crushing on our main girl. Poor sap. She ain't interested bud, more's the pity to. He has some inner bad***ery that we don't get to witness often, but put him in the right situation and he will F*** YOU UP. Definitely a Prince to watch out for. I'm sure he will lead his people well.
Despite my obvious disdain for our leading lady and lad, I really did enjoy reading this book. It was third person POV, so we got to see a lot more from the minds of MANY of our characters, rather than just the heroine and/or hero (though the story was LARGELY theirs to tell). I'm intrigued by the goddess-angle and how that will play out with so many people coming to Diamond's aid, as well as trying to keep her down because of the goddess' intentions for her. One thing is clear for Diamond though; she can trust NO ONE and the battles she faces will be hers alone to fight and survive through.
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