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Emily is quite the hypocrite in this book.
Reviewed in the United States on May 9, 2021
Emily bugs me in this book. It is quite well written overall, and the story is enjoyable, but all of Emily’s arguments against an empire drive me nuts. It’s okay to be a Noble and to let the right people take of the their jobs and make her province be free and successful, it’s okay to fight and kill good people serving a crazy king in order to allow her friend to be a good and helpful queen, who is good to her people. But it is wrong to fight against other good people to let void be a good emperor? and to follow as his heir to be a good empress? who can do the exact thing she did in her province in zangaria? Free people, select the right people to do the right job, and slowly make yourself irrelevant? Her total argument is that it is okay for evil dirtbag selfish nobles to rule their little families or duchies or whatever, to murder and enslave their peasants, and to take whatever they want, but it’s not okay to have a layer above the kings? Nobels and kings are fine, but you put an emperor in the mix and it’s a disaster?
Total hypocrisy from Emily, and very annoying. I get empires are bad based on how they have to have a good successor, but the allied lands are a hot mess of mini empires (kingdoms) that are just as bad, if not worse based on all the wars and feuds going on. She did the same thing in Zangaria that void is doing to the Allied Lands, it’s okay when she does it, but not okay for void to do it? She has no moral ground to stand on whatsoever!
I loved the book, and the series, can’t wait to see how it keeps going! (Yes you can love a book even if you disagree with the MC, good characters have their own personalities, and sometimes they big you, just like in real life)