Surprises aside, this was one of the most satisfying and incredibly entertaining series.
Each character has their own characters, I have never felt that any was an extra. And each of them had their roles to play.
And instead of a kingdom, we get a family dictatorship. Which was still incredibly entertaining st the end of the day, with each side having to campaign for the other. With a variety in a factors affecting the outcome, ranging from is Mael who he says to be, a radical group who goes against them. Whether people are allies or enemies.
It is indeed exciting as here outings are not random, but often calculated. Sorrow does give a campaign and weigh in how to endear herself to the people. She changes her point of view and adapts to the situation although as I said, she is still naive although she has a good vision. But here, the actual publicity campaign is on advisors, namely Luvican.
And unlike the case where he fell in love with her, he doesn’t. He does it out of mutual self interest and also boosting himself. Nothing very sentimental, they have a very very professional relationship. And I relished that throughout the entire book.
This isn’t one that is dominated by romance. Even the largest bit was Rasmus and Sorrow. Both of which had very little parts, mostly giving away to mystery, and political machinations.
Vespus is incredibly intelligent, and shrewd. Again, makes him a convincing villain like The Sleeping Prince in her previous book. He has his own reasons, and is certainly a political animal capable of orchestrating the events. Mostly because of the sheer amount of it, and he leaves no stone unturned and no routes unexplored.
Luvican will lose to him, mostly because Lucivan is a little young while he is already a seasoned man in this regard. But both in regards to how they get around doing things will make any who loves games of wit, intelligence and also politics fall in love with it.
Which also leads to the ending, which I won’t spoil but will change the game entirely. Sorrow is faced with two really difficult choices, and an uphill battle, like any monarch when they ascend or president when they are elected.
Overall, this is a story that is not an epic fantasy. I’ll classify this under political, it is purely so, and there are no epic duels to end it all, but a struggle for power. In this scenario, also conspiracies, and civil unrest. I’ll certainly be on this to see how it goes from here, and for an author who has impressed me before she does so again reminding me why I love her.
Fully recommended for all those who lives political struggles and intrigue.
Rating: 5 out of 5