Release Date: 11/08/16
Publisher: Harper Voyager
From New York Times bestselling author, Jay Kristoff, comes a dangerous new fantasy world and a heroine edged in darkness.
Destined to destroy empires, Mia Corvere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.
Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day she lost everything.
But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and daemons at the heart of a murder cult.
The Red Church is no ordinary school, but Mia is no ordinary student.
The shadows love her.
And they drink her fear.
I hate to say this after loving Jay’s Lotus series but I had a real problem getting into this book. I just had one hell of a time getting on with the principle character and the way that the opening chapters were written as I felt that they were not only convoluted by highly confusing especially when you add the absolute deplorability of our “hero.” She was obnoxious and for me as a reader was a person that I really didn’t care if she lived or died especially when she faced danger and like a petulant child kept using her powers to try and prove a point even when told why she shouldn’t.
Add to this a beginning that felt it was added more for word count than any real use which when added to a backstory that felt forced left me wondering if I’d made a mistake with picking this title up expecting so much more than I felt was delivered. Whilst for a number of readers they will love the strong willed female lead as well as the world building, for me, I just felt that it was sadly lacking and felt like a lot more filler than anything else and could have been edited in such a way as to make a way better novella as an idea to explore a new world. All round not a series I’ll be looking forward to returning to but every author is entitled to an off book with me and here’s hoping that the next outing will fix a lot of my problems.