Publication date: April 2012
Series: The Ascendance Trilogy, Book 1
Things I Liked:
Sage had me from the beginning. I'm not entirely sure why, because I felt like I couldn't figure him out - he was enigmatic. That might be part of it. I know a big part of why I liked him was he reminded me of Eugenedes from The Queen's Thief series. I love intrigue and political machinations and all kinds of stories like this, so I expected to like this one. And I did. I liked seeing how little clues placed here and there led to the logical explanations near the end. While I found the ending strangely unsatisfying, I still couldn't keep myself from being immersed in the kingdom and the history and Sage. Definitely a character and story I'll be thinking about for a long time.
Things I Didn't Like:
I guessed a big plot reveal in advance. Mind you, I wasn't 100% certain, but I thought it sounded pretty good and all points were leading there. There were still surprises and some things I didn't expect, so I wasn't truly bothered. As I mentioned before, the ending sort of disappointed me. I'm still not quite sure why, but it felt very quick and the way things worked out pretty easily felt kind of like a cop out after all that building. And yet, I still really loved it. Now I'm intrigued where the series will go, because the ending seemed so complete.
The Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner
Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
that I recall
some vague references, nothing on page
an incident or two, but not graphic
Overall rating: ****
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