“The monster is me and I am the monster.”
I wanted to love this book so much more than I do. It just felt a little wishy-washy – and the twists that were meant to be, what I assume, big reveals just didn’t hit the mark for me after the glory that is the Six of Crows duology.
“Most of us can hide our greatest hurts and longings. It’s how we survive each day. We pretend the pain isn’t there, that we are made of scars instead of wounds.”
That being said, there is still beauty to this book – the story is dark, but it definitely has its moments. And I loved seeing some of my old favourites again, after not reading the trilogy for a few years. I think I needed some more of Nikolai – considering the book is about him, I think we followed the other characters a little too much. But, I do love the other characters, so I won’t complain too much!
The second book needs to be in my hands right now – the ending is a cruel one. I’m not sure I liked the ending, but I do need to know what happens next.
I think I just want to be back in Ketterdam, and that’s maybe why I’m not holding this up as high. ‘Cause, seriously, I read Crooked Kingdom immediately before starting this, and that book tore my heart out.
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