Fortune Favors the Cruel (Dark Maji) Paperback – May 17, 2019
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About the Author
- Publisher : Kel Carpenter (May 17, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 404 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1951738292
- ISBN-13 : 978-1951738297
- Item Weight : 14.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #362,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My only issues were first with the dramatics throughout that served to undermine the story rather than lift it up. Good example, the main character's ascension should have been jarring or explosive. The authors tried for that, yet it just fizzled for me.
My second issue was with the whole clueless girl and knowledgeable man trope. It's feeling very sexist to me now. One, why does she have to be called a girl and made into a childish figure when he gets the benefit of being called a man, an adult. By its very nature, the implied comparison pits the woman in a position of weakness. Second, I'm over the whole experience make mentor thing. This is mansplaining brought to life in stories. Has anyone read The play, The Dollhouse, by Henrik Ibsen? Though it is set in a time where women had fewer rights, the messages of that book are paralleled unintentionally in today's novels. In this novel.
Third, I am so tired of smart female characters getting manipulated by men to make bad decisions because they are uninformed. why are they uninformed? Because of the sexist trope I mentioned earlier where they have to be dumber than their make counterparts. Apparently that's accepted as normal. Re-read that. It's accepted as normal. I can't be the only female reader pissed off by that. And the disturbing fact he's grooming her to serve him as he wants so he can be king? So she can be his weapon? Bish, no.
And let's add on- she is not allowed to outshine her male counterpart in any area. For example this main character is powerful and unique, but of course we are told he is more powerful and even more unique. I guess I am supposed to be impressed? Maybe his power is supposed to prove his dominance? So you've basically built a male character who can't deal with an equal so you make her less than him. Is that really the message you want to be sending young women - that they should expect to be less than their make counterparts?! It's normal and expected? Ugh.
I know this is my continued pet peeve with books and those who have read my reviews will know I am standing high on my soapbox right now. I would really like to see more authors consider the messages to women in their books, and really take a look at ways to build strong women characters for strong women readers. I know I don't want someone who has to be less around by men to figure out what's going on, or is forced into bad decisions because a male character has out manipulated her in an effort to show he's the stronger one. I certainly don't want her to always be second best and lose to him constantly. And so don't want male characters who think women belong in second place and can't handle it if they outshine them - or handle it by trying to control her and manipulate her to be what they want.
Overall, I am disappointed in this book though it is generally well-written. I expected less sexism, fewer tropes, because the authors are playing in the other side of the ring, so to speak. If you have characters who embrace their darkness, I hope they would also embrace the concept of equal but different. At least in book 1, that doesn't seem to be the case.
The MC in this book is one of the most KA female characters I can remember reading about. I loved how fearless she was and strong, while trying to keep her secret under wraps. In terms of the love interest, I wanted to kill him at some points but I can already see me falling for him soon haha. I loved the back and forth and even though this book is the background/foundation building, meaning not as much steam/tension, it didn't bother me in the slightest. I thought it really set the stage for the rest of the series and despite this book just releasing, I already need book 2 in my hands haha.
I definitely needed this refreshing book after all the RH I have read. I highly recommend people pick this book up and get lost in Quinn and Lazarus's story ❤️❤️❤️
Right from the get-go Quinn is tough and hostile - just how I like my female main characters. She used to be slave and is determined to let no one impede her new found freedom. She reminded me a bit of Caelena/Aelin from the Throne of Glass series: she violent and angry, but in a way that makes you wanna root for her. She clearly has some emotional development issues, but begins to realistically work through them throughout the book.
I loved her interactions with the other main character - Lazarus - and was never sure what to expect from their interactions - which, I'm sure, is a feeling he shares.
If you're looking for a book that grabs your attention right in the first chapter and refuses to let you go then this is the book for you. I can't wait to read book number two in July!
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I really loved this book and when I finished it I wished I had the next one to just pick up and dive into, alas it's not released yet. This book is dark, which seeing as it's about Dark Maji is understandable. What I particularly loved about this book was the small thought/nugget of knowledge at the beginning of each chapter and the changing title of that character. It gave you a small insight into that character and showed their development.
Honestly, this book excited me. It captured my attention from the first chapter and I found myself falling into the world that the authors have built. I'm very much looking forward to the next book and seeing how it develops. Five stars from me.
Would definitely recommend!