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The writer is so, so long-winded. Her descriptions are beautiful but much too lengthy. I didn’t understand most of the characters’ motivations- several would become furious at nothing. The members of The Court were all forgettable, and I didn’t even care about the main characters after a while. Desperate to just finish this, I was irritated to discover it ends with a lame cliffhanger.
Here's the thing: books about darkness like Jane Steele and Stalking Jack the Ripper are some of my perennial favorites. What they have that this book doesn't is a bow on top, a feeling that after a winding and at times gory journey, the reader can walk away from the world (at least until the next installment) feeling like they've been immersed and accomplished something alongside the characters. This book allows you to fall in love with the male and female leads and later asks you to watch the world rip them apart to watch them forget each other. I find it makes me ask- why'd I devote my precious little free time on a book with no ending or love for its antagonists?
Loved the author's other books, so this one was a particular let down. Both my two daughters and I all tried to read it and all three of us gave up at the same point. There just wasn't any tension or anything interesting going on. The heroine was bland and uninteresting. At times the language was so clunky, I had to reread a sentence several times to figure out what was being described. Such a disappointment!