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Descriptive but Flawed

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-09-2018

Good Performance by the reader. The story itself is unsettling, with a sense use of descriptive language to enhance a creepy use of imagery. However, this book is presented through a heavy colonialist, often racist lense, that makes it deeply uncomfortable and difficult to enjoy. very few of the characters are likable or even relatable. I won't read the next one.

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And so it goes

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-2017

One thing I appreciated in this book is how deeply and debilitating grief and guilt can be. Mass is not afraid to show her protagonist as flawed and struggling in the pit of her despair. This makes her return to form all the more exhilarating and satisfying.

Here we get introduced to some great new characters and settings, who fit in well to the narrative. Even if some of them are a little predictable, each have an interesting twist to their characterization.

Again, it's clear Maas has planned a long game for this series, and it's good to see some of those threads come into play

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The plot thickens

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-2017

Again, I admire Maas willingness to show that feelings and relationships are messy and complicated, and sometimes they do break down and cannot be fixed.

It's great to see Aelin coming into herself as a leader and a warrior, settling in to fight the good fight. Another great addition to this series.

Spaceship battles!

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-2017

Again, mostly a good, rollicking sci-fi adventure with a kickass female protagonist. Howevet, the very backward and sexist society she must contend with (the the supposed justification) was a bit clumsy and heavy handed approach to gender politics.

The spaceship battles are very exciting though.

Busy and quick paced

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-2017

I really enjoyed this; each character was flawed and interesting and thrown together in a messy sprawl that suited the plot. The planet feels alien, and yet the society built on It feels very human. It also does not shy away from the horrors of colonialism, nor what it means to endure it.

At some points I felt impatient with characters, but that felt to be a result of how these narratives normally play out in media.

See review for previous book

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-2017

Great sci-fi, terrible romance plot. I won't be buying the third book as the two characters relationship was that painful to read. Which is a real shame, because the plot itself was interesting.

Amazing conclusion to a great duology

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-03-2017

I have listened to this book series over and over. Crooked Kingdom managed to be even better than its predecessor, upping the ante with twists and turns right through to the finish. There was never a dull moment, and each new crazy scheme was better than the last.

Bardugo managed to give even more depth and character to her protagonists. Every new thing we learned added to their individual journies, and well as their complex and heartfelt relationships to each other. I cannot recommend this series more.

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Best read of the year.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-03-2017

Great characters, pacing, story, world; I was hooked. The team works so well off one another you can't help but be excited by whatever crazy gamble they take next. What is great fun is how common fantasy tropes, like magic and religion and culture, are taken and twisted in interesting ways.

Also, the cast are all wonderful with not a fault to be found. Seriously, hats off to every one of them.

Words cannot describe

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-12-2016

How much I love this book. Top quality sci-fi at its finest that had me at the edge of my seat. Power and privilege, grief and revenge wound up in identity and agency make this compelling and gut wrenching.

Words cannot describe

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-12-2016

How much I love this book. Top quality sci-fi at its finest that had me at the edge of my seat. Power and privilege, grief and revenge wound up in identity and agency make this compelling and gut wrenching.

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