My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This one started off really slow, but once it got going, I couldn’t put it down. The politics of the two courts, and how they intertwined, sucked me in, as well as how well Brennan did blending the history with the fantasy elements. I also loved seeing all of this play out through the eyes of Deven and Lune – the courtier trying to work his way up through the ranks, and the courtier who had fallen out of favor and was trying to regain her footing.
…and then we hit the ending. It was really anticlimactic after all the buildup that had been happening through the previous 250 pages or so, and it felt way too neat. Events sort of just started fitting neatly into place, which didn’t feel right to me, after all of the messiness of trying to figure out the whole mystery surrounding Invidiana.
Overall, this was a pretty solid read; it would’ve been even better if the beginning and ending were as good as the middle, though.