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- Print Length: 416 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Eulalia Skye Press (August 6, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 6, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074MLW3KP
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,356 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Firstly, I loved this book. I read it in one sitting. I missed dinner reading it. I'll probably reread it again in the next 24 hours (I've reread several of Ms. Stradling's other works multiple times and this is definitely going to join that club).
This book surprised me in good ways multiple times. I know that I love Ms. Stradling's books, so there is very little risk there of one I won't like, but the difference in tone surprised me. The gritty detail (never gruesome but dark enough to feel appropriate for some of the circumstances in the book). I especially loved a few things - I LOVED that Anjeni never considered abandoning her responsibility or manipulating it for her own benefit. I LOVED that the supporting characters were good characters - not just rich in detail and characterization, but ones who were overall redeemable. Ones who you want to see succeed and can root for without reservation. I feel like Ms. Stradling never has to stoop to cheap tricks to make her plots work or ensure that readers remain interested, and I love that. Every book I've read by her seems extremely well thought out, deliberate. I've never read one of her books and thought that she had to pull a stunt out of her back pocket to get herself out of the corner she'd written herself into. She doesn't have to rely on something "classically" disgusting to make you hate the antagonist ("Let me prove this guy is the bad guy by... making him murder someone's pet!" Just no.) Her writing is just never lazy.
****MAYBE spoilers below? Just... proceed with caution. Nothing crazy specific, though, I promise****
But, a big one that may be unpopular, I loved most of all that Anjeni never lost herself in her power. When in a war, she struck a balance between respect for life and understanding the necessity of sacrifice that resonated with me.
I am a vet (the army kind not the dog kind) and, when struggling hard with some of the parts of my job that (in my opinion) tar your soul a little bit, people often vary to an extreme (devaluing all life vs paralyzed). A friend told me that sacrifice can be accepting the black mark on your own soul to save others from having that mark or from suffering from your inaction - and I feel like Anjeni really was the perfect example. She showed compassion to refugees but not to those torturing and killing the refugees. She killed without taking any joy in it, without giving in to a baser instinct. And she never considered NOT killing these (incredible evil and violent) characters because of the inherent icki-ness or because it weighed on her (though it did), because she knew that doing that would cause more deaths and of innocent (or more innocent) people.
I'm sure I'm projecting a little bit, I'm obviously not an objective and unbiased reader, etc. Maybe other people won't have this reaction, maybe they will see it very differently - that's cool, I get that. But this resonated with me very deeply. I always appreciate when characters don't feel the need to protect themselves from the "ruthless calculus of war" (what up, mass effect!) at the expense of others. And Ms. Stradling wrote all of it and conveyed the weight of battle without a willy nilly random killing of beloved characters - like I said, her writing isn't lazy. A scalpel instead of a sledgehammer.
Brava. I can't wait for the next one.
I loved how so much of what was passed down historically was slightly off from what actually happened and that there was so much character growth. I felt for Etricos's situation, hind sight is 20/20. Such as It demonstrates that people with vastly different temperaments can work together towards a goal. I loved this book so much because I wasn't sure exactly how it would end but when I finally got there I loved it. I pray that Kate will please write a sequel. I don't care if it continues from Jen's time or from Etricos's time, either would be amazing.
The last thing I wanna say is the love letters from Etricos to Tora killed me, how romantic!! To everyone who hasn't read this book yet...get a box of tissues because you will need them. 😂
I think what's really sticking with me is that unlike about 85 to 95 percent of protagonists in this genre today, she doesn't magically heal. She scars, deeply and permanently. Which she proudly displays. Towards the end she says something like, "I've earned every one of these battle scars..." In a world where media increasingly lies to us about the cost of work and struggle, it's uplifting to read a story that's honest about the marks battles leave on warriors.
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