It seems like I’m always running behind when it comes to fandoms and hyped books – I only got round to reading this last night – but I assure you, I stayed up until 1:07am doing so.
This book is good. Let’s put it that way. It’s very good. Well written, nicely paced and an exciting read altogether – but it’s very, very exhausting.
The majority of the second half of the book – that’s about 200 pages – is dedicated to one, big fight. One big mission, where the plot is just so complicated, it needs 200 pages to completely unravel. In terms of scale, this book is MASSIVE. It’s incredibly detailed, and at times, overly detailed – which can be both a curse and a blessing.
But, for now, let’s go back to the beginning.
At the beginning, the book is slow. There’s no way around it. The info dumping is dense, and could have potentially been crippling in the hands of a less experienced writer. Fortunately, Bardugo manages to spread out all this information over a few hundred pages – and while it’s still incredibly dense, it’s not devastatingly confusing.
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