- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1509855165
- ISBN-13: 978-1509855162
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.1 x 7.8 inches
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Ember Queen Paperback – February 20, 2020
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Two points that make this book wonderfuls is 1) the brilliantly conceived battle and political strategies from the other two books shine here as well. The author achieves the same sort of Game of Thrones suspense that has you guessing until the last minute how each maneuver by the rebels will fail or succeed. And just when you think that all hope is lost, another brilliant turn of events changes everything. No TSTL characters here. And 2) the amazing character development means that every major and minor character is different and interesting. The authors builds a variety of different, complex backstories that explain and shape the various complicated relationships. We see the beauty and complexity of mother/daughters, of friends, siblings, parents, allies, slaves or people who survive abuse and adversity. All of it unique, none of it obvious or overly simple. Anyone who says that this book is like any other trilogy out there and doesn't offer anything new and special, just isn't paying attention.
The author spends a book and a half convincing us Cress is the worst villain ever, but then when our heroine has a chance to kill her and end the war, saving thousands of lives, she decides Cress will just be replaced with someone worse than her. Who? Who is worse than Cress?
The whole series seemed to drag on and on. In the end, I just wanted it to be over, without much care for who won the war.
Theo's relationship with those around her really blossoms in this book. Soren -- a Kalovaxian prince who dedicates himself to absolving his sins in her name. Blaise -- an old friend from childhood who holds more power than anyone should; a power that drives him to the edge over and over again. Artemesia -- a sassy and strong Water Guardian who happens to be Theo's cousin. Heron -- the steady and steadfast Air Guardian with a heart bigger than anyone else... The cast of characters goes on and on, but at the core, these are Theo's closest friends and trusted allies. The complexity of their relationship is outstanding.
The book wasn't pulse-pounding or action-packed, but it definitely had its moments to shine bright. Is it worth the read? Absolutely, especially if you are already two books deep in the series. Was it a page-turner? Not nearly as much as the second book, Lady Smoke, which is why I only give it 4 stars. But I still enjoyed the ride.
Throughout the series, I felt too much time was spent on dialogue that reflected self doubt.
I am an adult reader, but usually enjoy a good young adult story. I found this trilogy to be a little to repetitive and less mature than many other young adult stories I read. This series, while enjoyable, does not meet the quality of a Sarah J Maas story.
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Após passar duas semanas perdida na mina de fogo, Blaise, Artemisia e Heron encontram uma Theodosia enfraquecida que descobre, logo quando acorda, que seu objetivo de aumentar seus poderes foi alcançado, e, a partir daí, começa a traçar os planos e estratégias para chegar até a capital e derrotar Cress.
Sem a experiência de Soren nas batalhas, a proximidade de Blaise e o apoio de Erik, Theo, mais do que nunca, toma as rédeas do destino de Astrea em suas mãos e vai criando um caminho para que, mesmo com as desvantagens e os números menores, consiga finalmente retomar seu trono.
É um enredo que começa lento e vai ficando mais interessante, conforme as batalhas vão se desenrolando, difíceis decisões são tomadas, sacrifícios e renúncias são feitos, culminando no ápice da história que é a disputa frente a frente de Theo e Cress, que reserva ao leitor algumas surpresas, uma perda inimaginável e muitas emoções.
Apesar de algumas similaridades da série com a distopia Rainha Vermelha, a autora conseguiu criar um mundo próprio com uma heroína resiliente e que luta com unhas e dentes pelo seu povo, amizades leais, um triângulo amoroso que não é o centro de tudo e uma vilã que não é somente vilã, espelhando um pouco dos desafios da vida real e dos sentimentos que todos os humanos possuem dentro de si. Muito envolvente. Um ótimo final!