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 While I did enjoy this book I must admit that I did prefer the first one. Ruthless Gods suffers a bit from middle book syndrome in that it is there to be a journey to get to the third book and the final confrontation. This book did mainly consist of the characters travelling to a location they all believe can help them and give them answers. While this meant that there was less action sequences it did allow the reader to see more of the characters and what makes them tick. This included the secondary characters form the previous book. We were also introduced to a new important character. My biggest issue with this book is that this time the three main characters all have their separate agendas and reasons for wanting to go on this journey. In Wicked Saints they were more working towards a common goal, which I much preferred even if they did have their differences. I understand that they have different motivations and are on different sides on the war, and therefore are going to want different things. I just missed the dynamic that was there previously. We were given some answers and hints about the gods and magic of this world, and I am looking forward to the next book and am intrigued what will happen and how it all draws together.
This book was beautiful, brutal, terrible (in a good way). Despite the fact that Nadya falls prey to the typical YA heroine characteristics at times (falling for the "bad boy", and drawn to him even though he is, you know, a bad boy), the sheer amount of trauma she (and everyone else) goes through makes you feel for her. She annoyed me at times, and, in some ways, her development falls a little flat, but it didn't detract too much from the reading.
This is YA, but that doesn't mean it is a light read. There is a lot going on in these pages, and it is dark.
I forgot about Kacper, but I remembered when I saw his name, and I am rooting for him and Serefin as much as I am for Mal and Nadya.
The ending...I did feel like one thing in particular came a bit out of nowhere. Is killing a god really that quick and easy? But now I am of course eager to learn about the ramifications. I am curious about how the afterlife works in this world (if the author thought of one), especially since we're dealing with gods. I hope we learn more about the gods in the next book (I am sure we will).
This books ends on a cliffhanger, and I really want to see how it all comes together. It will either be happy or tragic. I feel like it could go either way at this point (I hope, of course, for a happy ending).
I do wonder if Duncan is ultimately vouching for the gods or against them. This, too, could go either way.
I typically check out the reviews before I commit to a book so I can get an idea of what I'm in for. But I found quite a few reviews on this book, and Wicked Saints, to be rather misleading. There were references to the author's online behavior- nothing but distractions. The review is for the book, not the author's personal choices. Moving on... I read Wicked Saints with some reservation, but I truly enjoyed it and quickly acquired Ruthless Gods. I found the sequel to be just as impactful as the first book. The descriptions of darkness are accurate, but I didn't find it over the top. I wasn't really into the other character viewpoints we got in this book. They were brief and that may play a larger role in the next book, but I found them just a bit distracting in this book. I'm not sure if they added much to the story development that the other main characters couldn't provide. I also do not agree with other reviewers that Nadya was somehow annoying or different in this book. She was still the same conflicted, spirited girl she was before. She did spend a lot of time thinking about "the boy" but that is a given considering their paths kept converging. I do enjoy Serefin and find his story a bit more compelling. I do have to point out, though, that the romance between him and Kacper seemed a bit rushed and somewhat off. Perhaps that was intentional. I think I would have preferred it if Serefin had come to the realization that his feelings for Kacper were more than platonic and he made the first move, in a more subtle way. That isn't a criticism on the story, or the writing, but rather my own personal view.
The writing in both Wicked Saints and Ruthless Gods is well thought out, intriguing and engaging. Hopefully the high standards continues in Blessed Monsters. Please do not let the reviews fool you. Give these books a chance and make your own conclusions.
I really loved this book. Nadya and Malachiasz have great chemistry and the tension throughout the book is wild. The middle of the book slowed down and felt a little info-dumpy but it picked up and was so worth it at the end. I loved Serefin and Kacper's relationship and it made me ache for more of them. I am eagerly awaiting book 3 and I hope there is some redemptions ahead for some characters. This book ended with a massive cliffhanger that left me wanting more.
Most of the time I felt I had to reread a section because it didn’t really make any sense or seem relevant to the story. I loved book one one but I felt that book two was lacking in a real plot or story line. A lot of background noise with no relevant information.
I'm not really sure what happened here . I feel like I just woke up from some kind of fever dream, or maybe one of those dreams you have after waking up and then not falling back asleep all the way, but it somehow winds up feeling like the deepest sleep ever? I'm confused.