My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I heard so many great things about the novel, but, honestly, I didn’t really enjoy it. It got off to a pretty good start, but then the middle was just so mundane. And the conclusion…
I found it extremely convenient that everyone converged on the throne at the same time. There wasn’t any particular reason for the enemy to wait that I could see. It just felt too easy, just a way to bring the story together. That’s kind of how I felt about the entire book. Everything just fell into place with no justification.
In addition, I felt that the motivations of the enemy were woefully under explained. Why was there an attack at Adoulla’s house? Was it just revenge? There didn’t seem to be a point to it. I guess I like a more complex villain than those that are simply inherently evil.
On top of all that, I listened to the audio and I didn’t care for the narrator. His portrayal of the characters was so over-the-top and bombastic. I definitely think I had a hard time connecting with the characters because of it–they all just came across as annoying.
I can see why others liked it and I really expected to myself, but it didn’t work for me. I wanted to like it and I did enjoy it for awhile, but then I started getting bored. Eventually, it got so that I really didn’t even want to finish it, but I did and I’m glad. I just wish I enjoyed it more.