So, I may or may not have broken a promise… Whoops.
I know I said I would post every Saturday, but unfortunately I was unable to post yesterday, so now I’m modifying my schedule: I will post every weekend. That promise I can definitely keep. I will either post on Saturdays or Sundays.
Alright. I’ll be talking about the characters and plot here.
First of all, I want to bring up Aldrik. I thought he was an interesting character… Until he fell for Vhalla and turned into Mr. Nice Guy. Sigh. Then—I thought he was an interesting character once again! See, he didn’t just suddenly become nice. He was only nice to her. And even then, he was quite cold during the (slight spoiler) trial. He’s not a good guy. Far from it. He only cares about himself. Except when it comes to Vhalla.
Now, as much I appreciate he’s not like those cliché guys who were nice the whole time but “built up walls to protect themselves,” I didn’t think his and Vhalla’s relationship was very healthy. Though, that’s another part that made Vhalla so real. She trusted him so easily, was betrayed (sort of), then trusted him again. That’s human.
I’m not saying their relationship is as awful as Daemen and Katy’s. Because it’s not. But I do think they could use some time to communicate with each other. Because honestly, I do believe they belong together, but really, I feel like Vhalla is at the bad end of the relationship. Aldrik seems to have the upper hand because he knows more and he’s spent his entire life being manipulative. I think they should be equal.
But I just have to give a shout-out to the fact they didn’t kiss once in the entire book, yet you could still feel the romantic tension.
Now, moving on to Aldrik’s brother, Baldair. Man, I hated him at the beginning of the book. He was the epitome of cliché guys who are sooo hot and charismatic. Ugh. Then, when we actually got to meet him, I found him fascinating. I may be reading a bit too much into this, but he seems too nice. I’m conflicted. At first I thought: Hm… He’s way too nice. That’s suspicious. Then, I thought: Wait, is he actually this nice??? Then: No way, no one’s this nice. I think. Then: Okay. This guy cannot be trusted. I think.
I just don’t know what to think about him. Well, I do. I don’t trust him. At all. The guy’s just way too charismatic. I wouldn’t trust a guy that charismatic.
Those were the two characters I wanted to talk about, so let’s move on to the plot.
Though the characters were very intriguing and real, I was not a big fan of the storyline. It was really cliché, which is why I originally was going to give the book a lower rating.
It was the classic: “I-thought-I-wasn’t-special-but-apparently-I’m-super-special-and-essential-in-winning-a-war-or-some-other-important-event.”
Sigh. How unfortunate. Also, I felt like there wasn’t much world building. We were barely informed of the war and I had no idea how the politics worked. We were only given vague explanations about… well, everything.
While the characters were well-developed, the actual story was neglected. I wasn’t a big fan of the writing either, as I felt some sentences were too choppy, or other sentences were mistakenly joined.
So, those were my thoughts character and plot-wise about the book.
If you’ve read this book before, then tell me what you thought in the comments below, and if you have not read this book, then tell me if you plan on picking it up or not.
Thanks for reading! 🙂