For Fans of: A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas, Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard
Published: 2016 (Balzer + Bray)
Blurb: Angra is alive, his Decay is spreading—and no one is safe.
Meira will do anything to save her world. With Angra trying to break through her mental defenses, she desperately needs to learn to control her own magic—so when the leader of a mysterious Order from Paisly offers to teach her, she jumps at the chance. But the true solution to stopping the Decay lies in a labyrinth deep beneath the Season Kingdoms. To defeat Angra, Meira will have to enter the labyrinth, destroy the very magic she’s learning to control—and make the biggest sacrifice of all.
Mather will do anything to save his queen. He needs to rally the Children of the Thaw, find Meira—and finally tell her how he really feels. But with a plan of attack that leaves no kingdom unscathed and a major betrayal within their ranks, winning the war—and protecting Meira—slips farther and farther out of reach.
Ceridwen will do anything to save her people. Angra had her brother killed, stole her kingdom, and made her a prisoner. But when she’s freed by an unexpected ally who reveals a shocking truth behind Summer’s slave trade, Ceridwen must take action to save her true love and her kingdom, even if it costs her what little she has left.
As Angra unleashes the Decay on the world, Meira, Mather, and Ceridwen must bring the kingdoms of Primoria together…or lose everything.
My opinion: Let me get this right: The world is going to hell and Meira, our savior and Special GirlTM goes into hiding to train her special powersTM? Seriously? I mean, sure, she has to do it at one point, but definitely not at a point like this. That's just bad story plotting.
Meira managed to do what I always dreaded: She's annoying. All she thinks about is that she's going to die as a sacrifice. Alright, no one wants to die and I would be scared shitless, but Meiras feelings don't come across. Instead she seems rather hollow and emotionless.
SPOILER: And I knew she would survive in the end, I fucking knew it!
I was right about Nessa being a tool for drama. I fucking new it! It's always the sweet, innocent, unable-to-protect-themselves and naive ones.
That first Test in the labyrinth was like something from Takeshi's Castle. The rest wasn't much better.
Jesse is probably the most annoying thing ever. Yes, ever. Even more annoying than Meira. He's just that whiny weakling and while I don't dislike men who show their feelings, this is just aweful. Just imagine he was a woman and he'd still suck. Who would want a weak king like him? I like Cerridwen and I think someone more self-confident would be more fitting for her. I really don't get what she likes about him.
Angra is such an uninteresting villain. I couldn't have cared less. Same goes for Theron.
And don't get me started about Raelin. She's just that stereotypical Evil Bitch Queen.
At some times I got really confused with all the royals. A family tree would have been helpful.
There was so much space for diversity in this series, but the author didn't go for it. Homosexuality seems to be okay in Primoria, but still, all main couples are straight.
After the first book I still hoped it would get better, but after the second I knew the third book wouldn't be able to change much. Unfortunately, I was right.
Despite all my ranting I didn't entirely dislike this book. It's just that it all feels like I've seen this before. I'm quite disappointed because I had high hopes about this series.
My rating: 2,5/5 Buttons