The vibes. The language. The characters. Love!
This was a solid start to the series although it was a little slow in parts. The writing is beautifully done and I love the characters.
This one is going really slowly. While I don‘t dislike it, the events and characters surrounding one MC are so similar to The Hunger Games that it is distracting. There is also the very obvious likeness to Shadow and Bone. It‘s not so much that the book is unoriginal, it‘s just so similar in some ways to others that that is all I can focus on. Anyone else read this one?
There were so many different things I loved about this book. It did seem to have a lot of elements from other books mixed within it, so it didn't feel original. I was mostly reminded of Shadow and Bone and Throne of Glass, but there are other stories as well. I personally liked this book, maybe because I also like the stories it is similar to.
The characters are probably the best part about this book. They all had their own unique personality.
"All right' is when you're bleeding black but it's not as bad as bleeding red. When the world crashes but you're not alone when it does. When the darkness is absolute but you hunt down the smallest flame and coax it brighter. When you carve the good out of every bad and claim it a victory. If Sharr has taught me anything, it's that every breath is a victory."
"But in this moment, we are two souls, marooned beneath the moon, hungry and alone, adrift in the current of what we do not understand. We hunt the flame, the light in the darkness, the ???? this world deserves.
"Together, we will raise dunes from the earth and rain death from the sky. Together, we are capable of anything."
With that one display of emotion, every victory of hers — braving the dark, returning from the Arz, feeding her people — had just been stepped upon and cast aside. Because she was a woman. How could he allow such unfairness to root in his bones?
𝘐 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘩𝘪𝘮 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘢 𝘸𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘥𝘰. She startled herself with that thought, rough and angry. Because conquering the Arz wasn't enough. Now she was going to Sharr.
"He won't hate me, but he will twist my very existence. Do you think seeing a woman won't make them rethink my every accomplishment? I'm no different than the scores of other girls frowned upon. Look at how they point fingers at the Six Sisters. Look at our women. They listen to this drivel that we are incapable, that we are to blame for every wrong, that we must lose all freedom when we marry---"
⭐️⭐️⭐️There were some aspects I really loved in this book, but I didn‘t love the book as a whole.
The Middle Eastern setting was amazing - the clothes, culture, language, etc. I loved.There were some moments that I got confused, & the romance aspect felt a bit forced. And for a book focused on a quest, there was a long time before the characters got to any actual journeying. Overall it‘s an interesting story, & I do plan to read the second book.
🎧 I liked the MC Zaphir!! SPUNKY!
The chapter‘s narrators switched back & forth. I LOVE Steve West‘s voice!!
Sadly there‘s a couple of YA Tropes I dislike. A lot. So the rating took over a 2 star hit but West‘s narration won an extra star!
I‘m glad I listened!!
“'All right' is when you're bleeding black but it's not as bad as bleeding red. When the world crashes but you're not alone when it does. When the darkness is absolute but you hunt down the smallest flame and coax it brighter. When you carve the good out of every bad and claim it a victory.”
She released his arm, but he didn't move. “If Sharr has taught me anything, it‘s that every breath is a victory.”
“We may leave Sharr and never think of each other again. But in this moment, we are two souls, marooned beneath the moon, hungry and alone, adrift in the current of what we do not understand. We hunt the flame, the light in the darkness, the good this world deserves.”