Book Review: Dark of the West

I received an advance copy in exchange for my honest opinion & Review





Title: Dark of the West ISBN: 0765396416 (ISBN13: 9780765396419)

Hardcover, 480 pages

Published February 5th, 2019


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"We’re wonderfully alone, just two little specks beneath the towering cliffs.”

First thoughts


The book cover… Well, I mean it’s just okay. If the yellow/brown colour would reflect like gold on the book, it would be way better. A book about royals and rebels… count me in! 480 pages is a perfect size.


“A reckless sort of pride because the world is suddenly ours to take.”

Strength


The storytelling of Athan’s character was incredible. I could feel every emotion and where exactly he was coming from. I love how the book made you think that life and war were uncomplicated in the eyes of the characters but both main characters came to realize it’s far from the truth. While this book is slow-paced there are always multiple plots happening that keeps you intrigued. This novel left me wanting more.


“He walks, following the ghost, his steps as those of one to a grave.”

Weakness


Aurelia was a bit annoying for me personally; she was a know-it-all princess that jumped straight into the fire without thinking of the consequences and how it could affect other people. The beginning of the book was very confusing when you didn’t know who the characters were or the setting, because of this I almost dropped the book and walked away. While moving on from the prologue, I wanted to “DNF” this novel twice but slowly the story was building and catching on.


“and I wait for something. A glance, maybe. Even a flare of anger. Anything”

Conclusion


The overall book was amazing and left me wanting more. I was in love with every character. I would love to have seen a map at the beginning (that I am now told it was added) as well as putting the prologue at the end or explaining the character’s locations beforehand. Because of the confusing slow beginning, this novel is only receiving a 4 star and not a 5.

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