Content Warnings: Alcoholism, loss of loved ones, violence, death, blood/gore, abuse, confinement, child sacrifice, attempted rape, sexual assault, and sexism.
Having read, and loved, Villoso’s CHRONICLES OF THE BITCH QUEEN trilogy I knew that I needed to read more of their work. When I found out that this series takes place in the same world, just at a different time period, I was ecstatic to jump back in…and it did not disappoint.
This is one of those fantasy novels that bounces between a lot of different perspectives and in the beginning a lot of those narratives might not make sense but by the end we get to see how connected they all are. I absolutely love stories like this, when you really have to pay attention to see the whole picture by the end. Though I still need to read books two and three I have a feeling that this series is going to be another one that I adore re-reading.
The two main narratives that I enjoyed, and I feel like we get the most from, are that of Sume and Keifer. Sume, at the start is a sixteen year old, small town girl, who yearns for adventure like her father and older brother have been part of. Keifer, though still young himself, at nineteen, has had a rough life filled with pain that has left him jaded in some ways while still remaining very naive in others.
I love how Villoso always writes characters that are shades of gray, not one could ever be considered fully good or fully evil. The best part is, though certain characters I may love now…who knows what could happen between now and the end of book three that could have me changing my mind. I’m so glad that I was able to get my hands on this book and I can’t wait to read the other two!