by Holly Black
A Fantasy, 2022 by Tor, 308 Pages
What I Didn’t Like:
- Some things about the world-building are confusing. We’re dealing with things that aren’t possible in our world. Naturally, that means we’ll have questions. Not all of our questions are anticipated or answered in this book. Meaning you still feel a little confused when some topics come up.
- This is a little thing but when a character’s name is something common (Salt, in this case) you REALLY have to be careful using the regular common word. It’s weird.
- Some slower spots. Not many and they’re not long, but there are some.
What I Did Like:
- Dark vibes. Everything about this character and this world just feels dark and I LOVE that. It’s one of those settings where it feels like danger is lurking around every corner and you have to be on guard the entire time.
- No mistaking the age it’s written for. Some authors have trouble adapting from young adult to adult without it seeming like one of them doesn’t come naturally to that author. Holly Black doesn’t have that problem. Right from the jump, this is obviously written for an adult audience and it doesn’t shy away from that.
- Beautiful, bittersweet ending (my favorite kind). Exactly what I wanted and enough wrapped up to make it highly satisfying.
Who Should Read This One:
- Dark fantasy fans. This one is beautifully dark with a dark MC you can’t help but adore.