You can see my non spoilery review but as this series is so twisty and fun, I wanted to post some additional thoughts and get your opinions as well. Have you read this series? If not, what are you waiting for? It's bonkers! But beware- this discussion will have spoilers for the entire series at this point.
I'm just going to do this in a stream of consciousness way, as things occur to me. As always, feel free to chime in- what do you think?
- I've always liked all three queens, but I think Mirabella is definitely my favorite now. Poor Katharine means well, and when she's herself I feel for her- but her Undead state is pretty wicked. And I guess Pietyr's toast?
- Mathilde the oracle says that Jules was once a queen and may be again. What does that mean? Are we going to find that Jules has some connection to Illiann or Daphne?
- I did not see the plot twist coming with Daphne having ruled in Illiann's stead. Wow- they were sisters, too. But it's not spelled out that Daphne killed her, or did I read it wrong? Although it certainly appears that Daphne did? Also, is Daphne really Roxane from the Prologue- the elemental queen who was supposedly killed?
- I loved the ambiguity of the mist- no one knowing what exactly it was about.
- Emilia pushes Jules pretty hard- and it's hinted she has feelings for her. What do you think of Emilia?
- I enjoyed seeing Arsinoe and Jules retain their close friendship when they were reunited- with the whole rebellion thing I was afraid Blake would have them be at odds, and so far she didn't go that way.
- Nice to see Bree struggle a bit with her loyalty to the crown, given that she was so close to Mira
- Did anyone else roll their eyes when Arsinoe didn't tell Mira what Daphne told her- about Mira needing to die?
- Mira loved Joseph! At least as much as she could, considering how little time they had together. I know Mirabella/ Joseph is a sore topic for some, but I'm glad she addressed that.
- Katharine killed the Lermont oracle- is she redeemable?
- The shopkeeper who tells Arsinoe it's nice to see a good poisoner- I liked that angle. I guess a poisoner could just as well be a healer, right? Have the Arrons kind of corrupted what poisoners could be, hence the hatred towards them?
- Mirabella tells Emilia they can't put Jules on the throne (at least not in her current state)- is that enough to sway her to Katharine?
Who is your favorite character- and do you have any predictions?
I really want to start this series. I am sure I'd be sucked in by its darkness!ReplyDelete
I think you'd like it!Delete
Okay, I quickly scooted past all the stuff because - I HAVNE'T READ THE LAST BOOK YET! It's been a manic year. I just wanted to stop by and say sorry I've been so MIA and that I'm starting over fresh again so hopefully I'll do better on the blogging as from NOW!!! I'm so glad that you've been enjoying this series because I remember you first checking it out and I'm thrilled that it sounds like you've really gotten into it. It's EXACTLY my sort of series. But now with my reading schedule being so far behind and the next one only publishing next year it might also be an idea for me to just reread them all when that one publishes!?ReplyDelete
Hi Di! And you don't have to aologize- blogging is wacky and real life has to come first! I'm just glad you're still around! You're always welcome here. It is a fun series and I just read the 3rd book- I liked it but it was a little less- -I don't know, I wanted more to happen? Although the story is changing now- I guess when you go from 2 books to four gonna happen- but it's a fun ride! I hope you enjoy when you get to it!Delete
The cover grabbed me, but I haven't read any of the books...yet...so I skimmed over that part.ReplyDelete
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It is an amazing cover!Delete
I haven't read this third book yet, still debating. For me the books are so slow, and I'm still hung up on the Jules/Joseph/Mira thing from the first book. I guess I never understood the Jules/Joseph relationship from the start? I mean, wasn't he exiled for like 5 or 6 years? So they were kids when they last saw each other? And he comes back and it's just understood that they're together. IDK. But I do think Katharine is my favorite queen, she's so wicked!ReplyDelete
Intriguing cover. I skimmed your thoughts and wondered how this series fell off my radar? Thanks for the reminder, I’m must go a hunting ... ❤️❤️ReplyDelete
This is another book/series I've seen you featuring in several posts! I'm super intrigued because you enthusiasm is contagious! AND it sounds like the kind of read I'd love: DARK :)ReplyDelete
WAIT. What if Jules is a REINCARNATION of one of the dead Queens!? That would be interesting. Take things to a new level.ReplyDelete
Also yes, I think Daphne IS that same prologue person? At least, that is how I read it. I think Mirabella is at the very least tied for my fave now. Arsinoe was a tad annoying in this one tbh. Katharine... well, I don't *hate* her but I also doubt she'll be in the running for my favorite anytime soon. I still can't believe that Joseph is really dead, I was sure (am sure?) that he was going to pop back up. Too much focus on his deadness, basically.
Haha love that there are so many of us reading this spoiler post who haven't read the books. I love spoilers - they help me decide if a book is for me. Thinking of trying these now!ReplyDelete
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