- Editie: Kindle-editie
- Bestandsgrootte: 2004 KB
- Printlengte: 449 pagina's
- Uitgever: Macmillan; Main Market editie (21 mei 2015)
- Verkocht door: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Taal: Engels
- ASIN: B00SN93700
- Tekst-naar-spraak: Ingeschakeld
- Word Wise: Ingeschakeld
- Klantenrecensies: 1 klantbeoordeling
- Plaats op Amazon-bestsellerlijst: #3.809 Betaald in Kindle Store (Top 100 betaald in Kindle Store bekijken)
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This is now the second book I’ve read recently that I’ve considered overhyped. From what I’ve heard it’s another retelling of Eastern Europe folklore, similar to The Bear and the Nightingale, so I guess I can’t really say anything about how the story unfolds as a standard unexpected chosen one tale.
What I will freely bash instead is Sarkan, as in he’s an irritable prick throughout the story and doesn’t get much better by the end. I’ve seen people say in reviews that they ended up liking him, but even as a fellow misanthrope, I just couldn’t relate. At one point, the MC makes contact with him from a great distance away, something that was unheard of in the book world, and his response was to be annoyed. Lovely.
I don’t even mind the rather graphic sex scene towards the end section, a refreshing take on fantasy sexuality (instead of the typical fade to black, or full on lack of it Sanderson style). But I just don’t understand what the MC sees in him. He’s even close to irritable during that, FFS.
The relationship is almost creepy in a Stockholm syndrome way. I genuinely feel like the book would have been better without him at all, similar to how it ended with the MC tending to the sick heart trees; that section was good, and then Sarkan shows up at the end to dispense more boring irritability.
All in all, I’ve decided to start doing more research into what well-reviewed books are based on, because apparently retold Eastern European tales aren’t my cup of tea. Or maybe I’ve missed the point entirely, who knows. Onward to a new book.
On a side note. I’ve read a few reviews that go on about the horrible way Sarkan treats Nieshka, and how it’s SUCH a bad model for relationships. While I agree he isn’t the nicest guy sometimes, he just seems more like the isolated, grumpy cat kind of person who’s seen too much in his life, not the horribly abusive older man taking advantage, as he was made out to be by some reviewers. Sure he shouldn’t call her an idiot, but he showed his true character through deed more than word, and more than once demonstrated his willingness to put her before himself.
All in all, a book that kept me hooked throughout, and rarely slowed down. If you aren’t too sensitive to some violence, I’d recommend it.
I could really relate to the main character. I understood the way she felt, her frustration and the way she coped and succeeded. Doing things her way, the way that was comfortable, not the "correct, spelled out way". It took me back to my old Polish neighbors that I would visit as a child. The comfortable life, herbs hanging from the rafters, hot sweet tea..
I wish there was another one to read...