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You wonder, will I be the one person that was let down by this read? Will I even like it? Will I be so disappointed that I will never want to read a book surrounded by hype again?
I really shouldn't have been worried. While I wasn't immediately in love with this read, I did learn to love it. It wasn't what I was expecting and a few chapters in I was even expecting to be disappointed and that the plot would be predictable but it wasn't, well, at least not all of it.
Kestrel is someone not to be ignored. It is so very hard to resist a feisty heroine that stands up for herself and those she cares about. One that loves fiercely, is brave and one who is brilliant.
With a beginning that starts out slow but flows smoothly, we know it is just building steam as the world and circumstance are unveiled. Like a train building momentum to the ultimate fast paced rush we know we will love. One that will whisk us away to another time, another place and another world.
It was hard not to be equally fascinated and horrified with the world Kestrel lived in. With war always present and seemingly on the brink of happening. With a country taken over and the people forced to be slaves for the very race that conquered them was unsettling and reminiscent of parts of our very history.
Before I knew it I too, like so many other readers before me, became completely wrapped up in the story and just couldn't get enough of it.
I wasn't sure if Rutkoski was going to be able to win me over with her writing and characters but she did. In fact I think the last 40% of this book, I completely devoured and eagerly soaked up the writing, the setting and the emotions. I just couldn't turn the pages fast enough.
My only really big complaint was the simple fact that the romance wasn't more..I just needed a little bit more to truly feel like this had it all. To really be able to hope that these star crossed lovers could really be together. That maybe when it was all said and done they would get their happily ever after.
I have no idea where the author will take Arin and Kestrel next but I know that I will be there, right by their side experiencing it all with them because how could I not? That hopeless romantic in me really needs her romance fix and I want it to be with them, I need it to be with them.
Rutkoski, don't let me down now. I can put up with abrupt endings to chapters and things left unsaid and unresolved but not hope. I need that hope that all will work out in the end and I need the adventure I have high hopes for will come in the next book.
1. This author did research. The location and civilizations are made up, so we get to explore a new world along with its culture and history. The time period seems maybe 13th or 14th century-ish, but it's hard to tell because there are cannons (not guns) and slavery but there are women who battle in wars. It's definitely creative.
2. Kestrel is my favorite heroine out of any novel that I have ever read. That is in no way an exaggeration. She is elegant, brave and impressively intelligent. She seems to have an air of dignity and importance, but she doesn't come off as snotty or self-centered.
3. The adventure, romance and the suspense of what's to come for these characters had me hooked from start to finish!
If you've gone as far as having read the synopsis and a few reviews, then do yourself a favor and just read this because you probably won't regret it!
I love this book.
I might be obsessed.
While I was disappointed in the lack of fantasy, the writing and the story itself make up for it tenfold. Seriously.
You’ve read the blurb.
You have an idea what this is about.
Yes, two countries at war and I mean that in the past and present tense. Enter: the Valorians and the Herrani.
“Happiness depends on being free, Kestrel’s father often said, and freedom depends on being courageous.”
Kestrel who happens to be the General’s daughter and Valorian, becomes friends with Arin, a Herrani slave after she aquired him at the auction. Becoming friends might be a strong statement to make but that’s what it evolves to, eventually.
Our fearless heroine is probably one of my favorites that I’ve encountered so far. She’s all about embracing her feminine side but her strength is being a strategist and HO BOY does that talent ever come in handy during war time.
“Arin smiled. It was a true smile, which let her know that all the others he had given her were not.”
Arin is just brilliant. He keeps his eye on the prize even though it feels like a betrayal, it isn’t. At least that’s not the way I perceived it to be. There’s more to Arin than being a slave and slowly but surely those details are revealed.
This is how a forbidden romance should be written. There’s no insta-love and it all started over a game of cards. There’s not even a mention of how handsome he is or how stunning she is, nothing. Feelings are developed over time and through secrets that are shared. And that, boys and girls felt incredibly genuine.
Marie Rutkoski has delivered a beautifully written story about a Valorian and Herrani that despite all odds, fall in love. *dreamy sigh*
Oh and I should mention, the ending is gut-wrenching.
“I agree,” Arin said, “under one condition. You mentioned emissaries. There will be one emissary from the empire. It will be you.”