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- Listening Length: 14 hours and 30 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Audible.com Release Date: July 8, 2014
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K0RYN10
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The good: That it starts out with Kelsea as queen. There's no long prologue of her as the serving woman. No two-books-worth of a fight for the kingdom.
There is no "big evil". I mean, sure, the Red Queen is a bad guy but it feels like a political thing than an a supernatural thing. More like fighting Hitler than Satan.
The point of view doesn't jump between dozens of characters. Yes, there are few chapters showing us a few other characters. But I'd say 80% of the book is focused on Kelsea's point of view. I'm tired of sprawling fantasy epics that have a different character POV every chapter.
The bad: Kelsea's companions all fall into place too easily. They're all too perfect. Pick a random woman out of the crowd to be your handmaiden? Yeah, she's got the ability to see the future. Choose a random meek priest to perform the coronation? He'll be the only priest in the world with a similar fetish for historical books. For someone who was raised in a shack with no human contact, Kelsea is remarkably lucky at picking her companions.
The bad guys are ridiculously bad. A bit of grey would have made things more interesting. Not only did the Regent steal her throne. But he also is into slavery. AND he has bad taste in art.
Not only is the handmaiden's ex-husband abusive...but he's ALSO a pedophile.
Kelsea has a number of "visions" that act as convenient deus ex machina to propel the action. She has a vision of villagers shackled into slavery and sets out to free them. Why didn't she have a vision of the people plotting that a few days in advance? Well, we needed a rousing action scene at the end of the book.
Overall, things just go too easily for Kelsea in this book. All her friends are perfect. All of her decisions work out well, no matter how impetuous or thoughtless. Even when she disappears for a week to go save the villagers, her kingdom seems to tick along just fine without her.
I don't want all of my fantasy to be grimdark but I think things could have been a bit more difficult for Kelsea.
Another thing I noticed is that while I am totally invested in the characters by book 2 the lack of backstory really stifles them and doesnt show much about who they are. Like Fetch for instance he is basically a mysterious shade we know nothing about except the queen is half in love after one brief meeting. I fully admit this book had me hooked I didnt want to put it down and read it all in a day, but like all honeymoon periods it came to an end and I was left with a nagging since of confusion. I also want to caution that while I thought this would be more young adult its more adult that say Hunger Games and should be read with that in mind.
This story is slow. It moves so slowly. You could probably cut out half of it and not lose any relevant plot points. Normally, this genre of fiction has me itching to read just one more chapter, just one more page, before bed, but I only felt relief after finishing a chapter. That’s another thing: this 630 page book only has 14 chapters, so you’ll definitely want to tuck in before you start reading a chapter. It felt like this story was just a long introduction to the subsequent books (there are 3 in this series). However, all of the backstory, world building, and plot moving was tedious and boring. I hesitate to call the climax of this book a climax, because it was a short lived “battle” with a magical ending. Yawn.
Kelsea is an interesting character, and I’m not sure that I even liked her. She grew up with her foster parents, Carlin and Barty Glenn. Once her mother had died, she was sent to live with them to learn how to be a Queen and to grow up before she became of age and became the Queen. Growing up in this isolated cottage, Kelsea only ever interacted with Carlin and Barty. I had a very hard time buying into the fact that, even though she’s only ever talked to two different individuals, she doesn’t seem to lack any social skills. In fact, she even flirts with one of her captors a bit! How can a person with limited human interaction experience just go straight into commanding people as a Queen and flirting with pretty men? It’s unbelievable, and took me out of the story.
Kelsea has a little bit of character development, but not enough to make me feel for her. The only extraordinary things that she does throughout this whole book come from her magical necklaces, not from something she actually has done. She can’t fight, and she can barely make decisions about her kingdom without looking to Mace (captain of the Queen’s Guard).
I thought The Fetch was an interesting character; he is a notorious thief, whose face no one has ever seen. He’s always up to trouble, appears in surprising places, and seems to know a lot. I was craving more time with The Fetch, to see what he is up to, but there wasn’t enough of his character in the book.
Overall, I was unimpressed and underwhelmed by this story. It seemed like it was all an introduction to a real epic story, except this was 630 pages of introduction. There is not enough conflict, emotion, or drive to make me want to continue reading the story.
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