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I just finished the first book a day before this one released. I was excited and started on the book immediately after it appeared on my kindle. What I thought would be a quick read turned into a struggle. The story felt bloated with conflict that felt forced. It lagged and I disliked the filler.
Amora was the key issue in the story for me. While she was not always on the same page as me in the first book, she was strong willed and she would do anything for Visidia. In this book, she is weak and broken by grief. Grief can destroy the strongest of people, but throughout the story I just couldn’t buy into this change in character. I couldn’t buy into her frustrations and actions with Bastian—it felt forced to create conflict for the plot. She learned so much and grew so much in the first book that it was sad to see the character so plot serving in this book.
I love the characters around Amora still. When the story drags these characters shine through to help get you through Amora’s whining and faulted logic. I cared about her crew and the story was better for it.
I put this book down a lot due to my struggle to connect with Amora. But the last 12% of the book becomes what the rest of the book could have been. (Spoiler:) The reconciliation with Bastian felt flat since the conflict felt forced the entire way but everything else was great.
Summary: If you enjoyed the first book, this one is worth a read to finish the series. Be prepared for constant reminders of why Amora isn’t acting in character so that the plot can go on. But the ending makes up for most of it. Happy Reading!