Hello, Forest Friends! We're sorry that this post is a little late/off-schedule/we totally skipped a post last week.
Onward to the book! This week we're talking all about relationships/wrapping up the book.
The relationship between Duval & Anne is wonderful. We love how Duval will do anything to protect his sister and how strong of a character she is. She won't take crap from anyone. It's crazy to think that she's only 13 in this book; based on her characterization, we would have thought that she was at least 17. The relationship between Anne & Ismae is also wonderful to read about.
We wish that the author would have spent more time on the relationship between Ismae & Isabeau. (Who else pronounces Isabeau like Isa-boo?! So cute.) There seems to be a hint at an important and adorable relationship there, but it was really explored too much. Clearly, Ismae is important to this whole family. We would have liked to see more of that.
Of course, the most prominent relationship in this book is between Ismae & Duval. We wish the story progressed differently. There was something about the plot progression that was a little off for us. Instead of her falling for Duval and then being asked to kill him, we think she should have been sentenced to kill Duval and then fallen in love with him. It would have made for more suspense and conflict, for sure.
As far as the overall novel itself, all of the characters are really consistent and have pretty fleshed out personalities and the world is well-crafted and created. However, Isame felt a little inconsistent and the fact that she's still so blindingly trusting and ready to kill whomever is a little off-putting. One thing that was really inconsistent was when she randomly said something along the lines of (this is paraphrasing) "I've been feeling so awful this whole time since I killed that one guy because killing makes me feel all guilty." Really? It wasn't until the very end of the book that Ismae finally realized she has choices. The choice to leave the convent was wise. To serve Mortain for mercy rather than wrath, although she is agreeing to still killing, seems like a better choice.
Overall, Sarah thought this book was okay and Kaitlyn thought it was good. We feel like it was a book that could have greatly benefited from one more round of editing. And a better pacing. (442 pages and we FINALLY get to the main plot point - and after only one kiss?!?!? UGH.) We do both want to read the second book, though, so something about it stuck with us.
Kaitlyn's Rating: 3.5 stars
Sarah's Rating: 2.5 stars
Have you read this book/did you read with us? What did you think?