“I went from being able to inhale 800-page books in 3 days to struggling to finish slim paperbacks. I don’t know when or how this happened, but every book I read for the last several years has felt like an event.”
I inhaled this book over a long weekend and I’m currently suffering a book hangover. I can’t stop thinking about this novel, and don’t intend to any time soon. Here’s my spoiler-free review.
Things that seem funny or revolutionary ten or fifteen years ago can be offensive today. The fact is, if something is problematic now, it was always problematic, and we’re only just starting to see it.
Despite myself, I really enjoyed Shadow and Bone
What I found fascinating about this book (aside from everything else, because it’s brilliant), was the three personalities of the main character.
It’s more likely that the VP in your company is a “psychopath” than some doe-eyed teenage boy in your neighbourhood.
If we were living at the beginning of an SFF novel, this would be the ideal time for the Chosen One hero to reveal themselves and save the day.
While you may think this is a novel about political intrigue, it’s actually more of a love story.
Have you ever noticed there’s no male equivalent to this trope? There’s no Strong Male Character? Of course not, it is always assumed that men are strong.