Expected publication: September 22nd 2020 by Wednesday Books
I loved this book and hated it. I really enjoyed the Gilded Wolves and Tristan was my favorite character. I just loved how he was quiet and seemed to be the one that grounded Séverin. I enjoyed how Séverin kept thinking back on his and Tristans times with the seven different foster fathers they had. It gave a lot of insight into both of their characters and how their psyche’s were formed.
Tristan definitely had the most comical scenes, since he had Goliath as a pet. I mean how can a tarantula the size of a cat not be humorous? So the fact that Tristan was missing from this book and from our characters lives was depressing. I felt like I was missing him as much as they were. I really felt for Séverin since he was struggling with everything that happened in the last book and the things he found out about Tristan in this book.
So I didn’t like that much of the book was a bit depressing. I liked the camaraderie between Séverin’s group so much in the Gilded Wolves and that was missing in this book. There was strife between Séverin and Laila, between Hypnos and Enrique and with Zophia her struggles were within herself. However, despite the depressing overtones, I did really enjoy this book.
I like the fact that the group was searching for The Divine Lyrics which both Laila and Séverin need for their own purposes. I liked the new characters and the fact that the Matriarch, Delphine wanted to connect with Séverin so badly. Hypnos also wanted to reconnect with him and he wanted Séverin to trust him again. Hypnos is such a great character, after growing up basically alone, all he wants is to be a part of Séverin’s group because he sees Séverin as his only family.
The world building in this book was truly awesome. The ice palace (a.k.a Sleeping Palace) in Siberia especially. Everything in it was so clearly defined that I can picture it all, especially the Menagerie of animals made of ice and David (the metal Leviathan). I though Ava was a good addition to bring some jealousy into the relationship of Séverin and Laila. This book didn’t have them pining for each other so much and giving each other those looks of longing. I also enjoyed the fact that two other people were giving each other those looks in this book. I won’t say who, but I hope they get together in the next book.
Lastly I also really liked the character of Ruslan, the Patriarch of the Russian sector. I think once he got in the picture more, he sort of took Tristans place. Instead of laughs at the huge tarantula, it was his obsession with hair. I thought some of those scenes were pretty funny. All in all, this is certainly a book worth reading and I will continue to read this series to find out what happens next.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
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