I had the pleasure of briefly meeting the wonderful Leigh Bardugo at YALLFest 2016 and felt terrible as I was getting her book signed because I hadn’t finished it yet. So the only thing I said to her was, “It’s quite chilly in here.”
It took me months to finish this book. I watched my shows, dramas, and read other books before I picked this book up again. I’m quite sure my reasoning was because the beginning of the book was too slow for me. I am the same with all types of media though. If the beginning is too slow or something doesn’t grab my attention, I’ll move on to the next thing. As soon as I got to the point when the Kaz Brekker and his crew reached the Ice Court, that’s when the action picked up.
I can’t recall the last time I was incredibly stressed and literally saying “That’s messed up!” as I read. I haven’t read Bardugo’s Grisha series so I don’t know if she does this with her other books but I appreciate the usage of multiple point of views in a story like this. I loved reading each character’s inner workings and thoughts on why they decided to go along with Brekker’s insane job offer.
I love each of the characters and how beautifully flawed they all are. It’s so amazing to see how well all their traits work together.
For me it’s odd but I adore Kaz. I’m not into bad boy types in books (nor in my personal life) but damn Kaz Brekker. This guy is so admirably cocky. But Inej is by far my favorite character. I think Inej is the baddest chick I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. Seriously, this girl’s nickname is the Wraith. All the other characters (Nina, Jesper, Matthias, Wylan) are so wonderful as well. I love how Nina is this beautiful and powerful Grisha who totally kicks butt. I love how infatuated Matthias is with Nina. It’s a ship that I shipped even before I knew I shipped it. I love the banter between Jesper and Wylan which didn’t surprise me much towards end of the first book between them. Unless it’s not like that at all and I’m just reading too much into it. I greatly appreciate Leigh Bardugo for writing this book so damn gorgeously.
I believe this is the shortest review I’ve written about a book. There weren’t any issues with the storyline or characters. The book just had a slow beginning for me. I absolutely love this book and fell in love with the characters. I’m incredibly excited to read the next and last installment of this duology.A