Although I can’t stand Taryn, this was an excellent ‘case study’ of her that was very well written
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 October 2018
Well this was a very telling novella indeed! I’m not quite sure what the aim of it was, to make us hate Taryn less or hate her more…I have so many mixed feelings about this , that I’m going to start with something simple, Holly Black’s writing is as sharp and seductive as ever! Seriously, I honestly loved the writing so much, it always creates this dilemma, of wanting to devour everything so quickly or savouring every sentence. Black just has such a talent for giving characters such authentic, and well crafted narratives, every inch of this novella captured my idea of Taryn perfectly, I’m literally blown away. Again I just wanted to speed through it, but also desperately didn’t want it to end.
Now on to the more trickier subject of how I feel about Taryn after reading this. To be honest I don’t think I really know how I feel, and this means that this book had some sort of impact on me, in terms of how I view her, because I absolutely hated her in The Cruel Prince. But in The Lost Sisters, a new emotion began to form towards her, which wasn’t sympathy I don’t think, but rather pity. Taryn is clearly someone who is desperately unhappy and will take whatever attention that she can get, even if it is at the expense of her sister. I still very much dislike her, but I was able to see just how lonely and lost she is and consequently why she makes the very poor decisions that she does. It’s easy to say that she was stupid and selfish, but a lot of people lose their heads when it comes to love and so it’s a difficult one. All Taryn’s ever wanted was to fit in with the Fae, like Jude initially wanted to, but she goes about it in a very different way, and with Locke, who is unimaginably handsome and so very persuasive, offering all of this to her on a silver platter, her actions are understandable, I don’t like it, but it’s understandable.
And the thing is, Taryn knows that she has majorly messed up, because this whole novella, is basically her trying to come up with a suitable apology to Jude, even addressing the reader as if they were Jude. This just made me even more annoyed at her, because she kept reiterating, that what she did was wrong, but then she’d rattle off some excuse and then say, not that that’s any excuse. It was frustrating to say the least. I doubt that there’s anything that Taryn could do to make me even consider liking her, which I’m not actually sure is the authors intention anyway, like I said, the most I felt for her was pity. She is obviously very angry about the events in her life, and responds to her anger in a completely different and dysfunctional way to Jude, who it’s apparent that she’s deeply jealous of. And what’s most heavily ironic is that Taryn is very like the Fae, which Locke points out, she can be so cruel and and self-serving. Although I can’t stand Taryn, this was an excellent ‘case study’ of her that was very well written, you can not like a character and still appreciate the authors crafting of them.
And oh my word, being back in this world again, even if it was just to hear Taryn ramble on, was amazing and I actually felt very nostalgic about it. I think I may have enjoyed some scenes from The Cruel Prince more, written from this new angle, as we got to see how others view Cardan and Jude’s interactions. He was still deliciously menacing and Jude appeared fiercer than ever, through the eyes of Taryn who wouldn’t even dare dream about some of the things that Jude actually does. Most people wonder if novella’s are even worth reading, and I would say that this one definitely is. It may not make you change your mind on how you feel about Taryn, but it was very interesting and so beautifully written. And like me, a lot of you are probably just desperate for more of this world, so read on!
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