My rating: (3 / 5)
First I’d like to say, the book is entertaining. The story is entertaining, there is action, stupid people, killing, torture, horror, and some really gross stuff. Is this book fantastic? Not nearly. I have more negative than positive to say, and if this wasn’t a continuation in a series, likely wouldn’t rate this as highly.
For the first half of the book I found myself frustrated with both of the main characters, their relationship, their stupidity, and their immaturity. While I suppose there are people that use the ‘one god’ as their singular model of how to live, I find those people equally eye-roll worthy.
Uly is the most down to earth and mature one of the bunch, and she is the little girl. How do you pronounce that anyway – oolie, uhly, uhlee.
I’m still totally skeptical that the whole “king” in the pit thing would turn out how it did. I find it way more likely that he dies, and the holers continue going on how they had been without the injection of loyalty and honor and so forth. I was also totally waiting for him to decry how unfair this punishment was, and when he was king he’d do away with it and so forth. But that never came up, what the heck right?
A bunch more stuff that didn’t make sense, or isn’t explained happened.
Kylar gets more powerful every time he dies.
Durzo is alive!
Durzo knows everything and is everywhere
In the end – if you like some action, sacrificed, death, gross stuff, and Munchin supreme god roleplaying, this is your kind of story.
“Aunt Mea says it’s fine you fight so much. She says that if I’m scared I just have to listen and if I hear the bed creaking after you fight, I’ll know things will be all right. She says that means that you’ve made up. But I never hear the bed creaking.”