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I chose to read this book having read and adored The Folk of the Air series by the same author. This story addresses the relationship between Roiben of the Unseelie Court and Kaye his consort- both of whom are references in the aforementioned series. However whilst this was a decent read, I found that I wasn't enamored with any of the characters and that the 'ironside' lives portrayed were very dark and gritty with drug use, homelessness, absentee parents etc. It just didn't have the same feeling as her later series which I would definitely recommend.
Es un tomo que recopila una saga de Holly Black, el cual no sé cuál es ya que fue un regalo. Fue importado por Amazon Estados Unidos, así que no traía plástico protector. El libro es pequeño con letras aún más pequeñas. Además, se siente un poco frágil el libro, no como otras ediciones. Llegó antes de tiempo y bien empaquetado.
I really really wanted to love this trilogy. I went into it excited for a unique magical world. However, I found the first book haphazardly constructed with a hurried and often patched together plot line. After completing the first novel I had to force myself to try to continue and after about 50 pages into the second I called it quits on this series. It could have been a captivating tale had it been more thought out and less rushed but it fell very short for me. Unfortunately I would not suggest this novel to a friend.
I've just finished books 1 and 2 of this trilogy, and I gave it 3 stars for now.
Tithe: - This book was decent, but not as good as the Cruel King trilogy. The world building was not as good, with some inconsistencies that led to a bit confusion on my part.
Valiant: - I didn't like this one at all. First of all, this book could have easily stood alone without being included in the trilogy. I guess it's included because it's set in the same world but the only character from the Tithe who appeared in this book was Roiben, and only towards the end in a very tacked on measure. - I also didn't like the runaway setting for the heroine, the drugs, and the general trashy-ness of all the characters. Seriously, it's like watching Jerry Springer - faerie style.
I will let you know my thought about the 3rd book when I finish it in a couple of days. I don't have much expectations based on books 1 and 2 so far.
I read this book after her most recent series starting with The Cruel Prince. They are astronomically different books. This series is a gritty, painful look at the miserable side of humanity. The tales themselves are slightly meandering, and get better as the series goes on, but it's not an overall pleasant experience, your mileage may vary. I remember trying to read these stories in high school, but was put off by their dank nature and hopeless feel.