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- Publication Date: March 4, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B005ET1JX4
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The only issue I had with the sequel was the aggrivation you feel for Frey because she is continually kept in the dark, mainly because when something big is revealed to her she "shuts down" and blacks out for periods of time. But, even this begins to lend to the story. At first, I couldn't help but wonder if Frey is weak and even asked myself why anyone would risk their life for a weak ruler.
But then you begin to see the brilliance in this strategy. In my opinion, Frey blacks out, not because she is weak but because she is bound. And the fact that she survives this binding without going insane (unlike her aunt) shows she is stronger than any of the other characters and no matter how frustrating it is to see her kept in the dark, it's important to the story. No one wants to overwhelm her and risk damaging the leader they know she is.
This also makes the love story incredibly strong. While reading, I kept yelling at chevelle, "why don't you tell her the truth about your past together!!!????" But then it hit me:
1. He is falling in love with this other side of Frey, the frail side.
2. Who wants to tell someone "hey, just so you know, you're in love with me." He wants her to discover that on her own.
In the end, this deepens their love beyond the extraordinary.
1. Because he stayed beside the new Frey and protected her
2. He was able to love the person she would become when she recovered her memories. How beautiful is that?
Everything she went through made her a more rounded person, eliminating prejudices and making her a better ruler, and it allowed her to fall in love twice with a man who ended up with a better woman.
I love this book. I hope this isn't the end of chevelle and frey's story. I am now invested in their lives.
Melissa Wright is an example why Indie writing, while many can be poorly written, can be an extraordinary work of art for the right kind of writer. Publishers, where are you? :)
Frey has virtually no memories of her life with her mother, before her mother was killed, her memories having been locked away by council. But why? Frey doesn't seem to know, nor are her protectors willing to be up front with her and tell her. Speaking of her protectors, there are eight of them, whom the author doesn't give the reader much information about. And what are they protecting her from? Frey doesn't even seem to be bothered to ask this. Then there's all the so-called training. What were they even training her for? She seemed to be taught all this fighting, and I don't believe she really got to use it. She did more mind-invading of birds than fighting. And when they weren't "training" or wandering around aimlessly, Frey was sleeping. I mean, how much sleep does one really need? It's like the author didn't know what to do, so she made Frey sleep. ALL THE TIME!
Most aggravating of all to me was Frey's cluelessness. If I had an entourage of eight people protecting me from something but I didn't know what that something was, I think I'd want to know what it was. Why didn't she just get smart and just bluntly ask? Instead, you find out tidbits here and there as they wander around aimlessly because it felt like the author didn't know either.
I hope the third book is better because I'd really like to see how this ends despite how annoyed I am with this book. This was not a book involving elves I would have hoped for.