Zuzana, oh, God did I just want her to fall straight off the flying thing she was on and plummet to her death. No more of that whiny girl! She was fine in the first two books, well, not completely, but boy did her charm wear off by the third.
I felt like Mik and Zuzana were supposed to be the light, whimsical portion of the book. Which, it obviously was. Yet, it was too over the top. Too in your face. It didn't seem natural. Oh, just chalk it up to Zuzana being Zuzana. No. Chalk it up to Taylor not being quite the writer she should be yet.
I don't mean to bag on Taylor. She writes YA. However, that's not an excuse. I'm not 11, but there are some much better written YA books out there.
I also felt like the plot was not consistent. It seemed all over the place. The whole premise was trying to get the two species to fight together against Jael. Then all of the sudden, there is some new girl. Eliza. Which, I really did like her character. Yet, it almost seemed too convenient at the end for her to just suddenly being the key to it all? And why didn't we hear more about why Akiva's mom was with the dominion? Huh? We spent way too much time on flourishes and overly abundant adjectives. Taylor should have cleaned up some of her writing and left some room to explain some of that.
Also, maybe some better foreshadowing as to the myth versus prophetic part of it all. I did kind of like that subplot, but for how much she went into detail on all other aspects of the book, this would have been a spot where it would have been appreciated.
One other complaint. When it is on Audible, books need to be concise. I had a very unclear idea in my head who all the players were. From Scarab (?) to the Stelians, to the flying things, to the living shadows ... the list goes on and on.
2 out of 5 stars.
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