“Makhi Kir-Taban, born of heaven, was a queen from a long line of queens.”First line in Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo
Hi, guys. I hope you’re all doing well. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, and it’s meant to give you all a little insight into my reading this week. I’ll answer the 3 questions:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish?
- What do you think you’ll read next
What did you recently finish?
Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo, which I can’t give more than 2.5 stars. Wow what a mess! I think this book was so busy setting up plots for future Grishaverse books that it forgot to have a plot of its own. In the beginning, I just thought it had difficulties deciding whether to focus on characters or plot until I realized it’s trying to do everything at once and therefore nothing in the book gets the attention it deserves. And I’m also personally disappointed because the duology pitched as the “Nikolai duology” had awfully little Nikolai in it. He plays such an insignificant role and how can you waste such a good character?!? However, my overall feeling when reading this was just boredom. It wasn’t until the end that I got angry and maybe a little frustrated because Bardugo has made sure that you must read this duology if you intend to read future books in the Grishaverse. She could at least have made it good then.
What are you currently reading?
Since my copy of The Kingdoms is taking its sweet time getting here, I started another book I was very excited about: The Kingdom of Copper by S. A. Chakraborty, which I’m a third of the way through. It’s the sequel to The City of Brass, and I’m absolutely loving it! It is taking so much of what worked in book one and making them even better, especially concerning the characters. My favorite character isn’t doing all that great, which is painful but I kinda love him even more for it (yeah, that’s me). There were also a few surprising minor plot twists in the beginning which worked really well to grab my attention. It totally went against what I thought this book was going to be.
What do you think you’ll read next?
Well, guess I’m putting The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley in this section again. I’ll probably also be starting Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell, and yes, that is me reading sci-fi. Both books include queer character so they’re perfect for Pride month.