First off, why did the king tolerate that kind of behavior from Mare? She is a princess so why didn’t he teach her to be one? I found that incomprehensible because she could have been taught from a young age and never been like that. I also didn’t understand why it was so important for Denna to have horse riding lessons. If she had never been taught then the people would have understood why she wasn’t a part of the culling. It seemed useless to teach her how to ride when all the did was basically herd the horses home. When time did come for Mare and Denna’s love scenes I felt like they were acting as if it were the end of the world because they couldn’t be together. I think they only fell in love because they knew it was forbidden and wanted to escape their futures. They both knew what would happen and how it would all play out because Denna has been betrothed SINCE SHE WAS SIX!! C’mon guys. You knew this. I definitely didn’t expect for Lord Kriantz to be the bad guy all along, but I guess I was too distracted by all these other things to figure it out. I don’t think that Thani makes a good king either because a good king would have seen all angles and been able to judge based on a level-headed answer. He was too blinded by rage and vengeance to see the evidence that was right in front of him, even when Mare literally threw it in his face. I really liked Denna’s character though and was glad she got out of that marriage and is finally free to train her magic and get to understand it. Although at the end when she brought the sky down on Kriantz and his men, I felt like it should have been more chaotic. We should have been able to see more inner turmoil from releasing this much magic. After everyone being so worried everything would be out of balance and someone would careen out of control, they made it seem like a bigger deal than it was. Let me know some of your thoughts on the book, and tell me if you can answer any of my questions!!
Booktube-A-Thon review series: 2/7