My rating: 2 of 5 stars
After of Fire & Stars, I was ready to gobble up anything from Audrey Coulthurst. On the other side of reading this book….eh. I still want to.. I still want to feel how I felt after Fire&Stars, but if I’m honest I’m slightly aggravated.
I will disclaim I have no quarrels with the bisexual lead ending up with a guy, as most of you know I believe sexuality to be fluid, so this actually sits well with me. I’m not a label kinda person.
So let us begin with why I did rate this so low – between a 2 and a 2.5 out of five.
We were dumped with info the entire way through, every look, every feeling. Nothing was left for the reader to get, it was all spoon fed, or may I say choked to us. The way her feelings were displayed was almost sickening, it was nothing like of fire and stars – it wasn’t fantasy, or about her powers. The main thing here was here relationship with Ina – and I would hate that for fantasy to be riddled with any romance.
I am happy she is bisexual, but what worked so well for me before was the fact the relationship worked in the background when the politics and the treachery of the plot took the main stage.
I didn’t really care what the gods gave Asra or her journey, her character was whiny and giving me too much information about EVERY SINGLE GOD DAMN THING.
Also this was meant to be a prequel? It may as well be a stand alone, I felt no connection, different time, different characters, different place.
I did find one sparkle of a character in this book and that was Hal – I found him endearing, almost like a Peter Pan – he was charming, funny and I enjoyed the scenes he was in. Again the development time for these characters wasn’t long enough and decisions and feelings seemed to change like the wind for ease of plot and continuation.
Overall, I’m still not sure what I want to give this – I think I’m being generous with 2.5 because Of Fire & Stars was so good. Meh- just leave me here with the hopes I did have for what this book could have been.