Top critical review
Hate the MC
Reviewed in the United States on January 25, 2022
***This review contains spoilers ***
Although Marie is in my top 5 favorite authors, I haven’t been a fan of this series so far. The writing is still great, and I mostly enjoyed the plot, the interactions with the fae, and the bigger introduction into druid magic. However, it’s really hard to like a book when you can’t stand the main character.
As far as I can tell, there is nothing to like about Saber. She’s purposefully weak, makes terrible decisions, endangers everyone around with her selfish disregard of their advice or wellbeing, and thinks she can solve every issue with a puny switchblade (that she threatens Zak with over and over). She finally has a moment of self reflection late in the book that she’s the reason bad things happen to those around her, but then still wallows in self-pity at the worst possible time and nearly gets them all killed.
I have truly loved all the main characters in this author’s universe up until this point (with Piper and Tori being my favorite). They’re all flawed, but they’re still likable and relatable enough that you spend the whole book cheering them on through their successes and failures. Saber doesn’t fall into that category for me. By the end of this book, I was honestly just sick of reading about her. She’s not sassy or sarcastic, she’s just mean-spirited while also being pretty pathetic. I wanted something or someone better for Zak.
The only reason I might grab book three was the possibility of seeing some of the characters I actually like coming out to say hi. Otherwise, this would be my last try on this series.