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Fantastic!!!

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 30.05.2019

Now THAT’S how you end a book. The Wicked King was absolutely fantastic and I cannot wait for the next book in the series!

Mixed feelings

Gesamt
3 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
3 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
3 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 21.05.2019

I adored this book up until about halfway. The imagery was vivid, the pace building, and the writing good.

But then things started to get repetitive- cat and mouse scenes repeating in various locations without a real build of overall tension. The writing also became less tight - repeated words and flat voice. Plus the MC constantly insisting “I don’t need your help/protection” got cheesy pretty fast. Tension didn’t build, and I didn’t even notice we were in the climax until the book was over.

That being said, it was better than a lot of YA fantasies, the setting was fantastic and the world has so much potential. It’s different in many good ways, replays some favourite tropes, and sets up a series nicely. Three stars.

A perfect end to the trilogy

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 27.02.2019

I loved the first two books in this trilogy and The Winter of the Witch certainly didn't disappoint. It's sweeping and magical, rich and painful and sweet. Highly recommended.

Disappointing

Gesamt
2 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
2 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
2 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 25.09.2018

I struggled to finish this book for several reasons.
One was the narrators. Karissa Vacker's parts were fantastic, but the others were over dramatic and difficult to take seriously.
Two was the romance aspect. While there were other great sources of conflict in the story that could have been exploited, too much focus was given to the romance. I found myself getting increasingly frustrated, wanting to read something other than the same repetitive romantic tension. If I'd been reading the physical book, I would have skipped chapters.
Three - cheese and tropes. Also to do with the romance aspect. They were predictable and tired.
This being said, the broader story and world was interesting. It has a fantasy-realm low-key Peaky Blinders feel that was new and intriguing. Mary's writing was easy to read/listen to and she had some fantastic descriptions, though a fair portion of dialogue was cheesy and clunky.
In the end, I'm undecided whether or not to read the sequel. I'm drawn to it for the world, not the characters.

Beautiful

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 06.09.2018

Mirage was enthralling. It seamlessly combines a fantastical Moroccan feel with a sci-fi setting, an intriguing plot, a dash of romance and well-formed characters. I can't wait for the rest of the trilogy!

Perfect

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 27.07.2018

I loved this book. It's charming and exciting and beautifully written. The main character is strong and sweet, humble and fierce in a Victorian world of men. The worldbuilding is rich. The story is pleasantly twisty. All around a joy to listen to.
I bought book two before I was half way through!

Let down...

Gesamt
3 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
3 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
3 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 25.07.2018

I struggled to finish this book. While the undergirding story isn't bad at all, the constant harping on the mechanics of the magic system was irritating. The language was inconsistent, clunky at times and beautiful at others. Many of the visuals are fantastic. "And yet" the characters explain far too much, far too often, and it feels like the author is handholding the reader through the plot. People fell in love, but I didn't believe them. That being said, I enjoyed the twist at the end - partially because things were actually happening and you weren't bogged down in hours of conversation between characters.