“Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.
The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. ‘He never says please’, she sighed, but she gathered up her things.
When Brimstone called, she always came.”
In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole.
Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.
A/N: I warn you there is swearing and for that I apologise in advance. When something frustrates me I get sweary and I’m not going to edit that out because none of these reviews are edited beyond making sure spelling is correct – to a degree – and that everything makes sense. Okay? Okay.
I seem to be reading a lot of books with angels in recently. I’m not 100% sure how I feel about this tbh. Once I drag myself through the remainder of this series I think I’m gonna read something contemporary. Maybe. Hopefully you’ll have noticed the key word there. Dragged. Dragged because this book was exhausting in it’s badness. This book was a mixture of excellent and dull and I cannot say that is a prize winning mixture for me. Honestly, I took a break from reading it to begin writing this. And to read some TOG fanfic, but that’s beside the point. I’m gonna go finish it, then finish this. The book, not the fanfic in case you were confused. Brb.
I finished it (the book, not the fanfic – I don’t know when I am gonna finish that) and I can now unhappily say that I feel let down. There were plenty of points in this book that I was smiling. The beginning for instance, that was a time filled with all the smiles. But then it continued and I was no longer constantly smiling. In fact I was bored and I am sure that my face betrayed that. Stupid face. There were really cute bits that involved Zuzanna and Karou and like fam I was down for those. I honestly would have been happy to just read about the two of them and them doing friendshippy things and going to school. That would have been awesome and I am pretty sure that this review would be a hell of a lot more positive if that had actually happened. Maybe I need to write some fanfic for it. No that’s an awful idea, someone needs to stop me before I curse humanity. But we must move on from the what-could-have-beens and the bad-things-that-actually-happened. I think that a cute contemporary is definitely calling my name after this series is over. Thank god.
One of my main issues with this was the constant info-dumps. There were chapters filled with them. In fact towards the end that’s basically all the chapters were. Just glorified info-dumps and that is not what I read a book for. No siree, keep your info-dumps to yourself please and thank you. I mean I don’t doubt that they were necessary, not at all. They were just so dull and honestly so was Madrigal. I 1000% preferred her as Karou and my god I hope that she keeps all of her Karou-ness other wise I might just be burning this series. There were certain points in this that I felt like joining in with ‘The War’ (also that is such a shitty thing, like seriously. Such an easy and sloppy plot device esp. as it had no real detail or fucking reason for it that we as the reader are given. Sorry. I am frustrated so I am sweary. I apologise.) and taking Madrigal out myself just to save myself from her. She was so bloody boring and I hate her for that. Such a useless character. I feel like she was legit just in there so that this could be a romance without it being too creepy and so that Taylor had a way of adding more words with it still being plot relevant.
I just want to scream. This book has been sat on my shelves for a while now, taunting me with it’s supposed greatness when in reality it’s pretty awful and now I have the next two to read because I was convinced this series was going to be good. How wrong can you get? Hopefully I will be wrong in the end though and all of my friends thoughts that this is actually a truly marvelous series will come to fruition. Hopefully. Fingers crossed. But all I want to do right now is sleep so that I will have the energy to start the next one tomorrow. I really hope that is is better, if it isn’t then I don’t know what I am going to do. Hopefully nothing too drastic. That is all we can hope.
Overall I’m gonna give this book 2/5 stars simply because of the bits that made me smile. I am grateful for those bits because without them I think that this book would be beyond saving which is sad because Laini Taylor seems like a lovely person who deserves all of the happiness and luck with writing. As do we all really.
Thank you for reading this and happy reading, I hope the next book that you read is not as bad as this one was.