4 July 2016
Let’s recap where I stood with The Novice (Book One) in the series – ON THE TOP OF THE WORLD. This series has:
a) NO LOVE TRIANGLES
b) No Official Chosen One, BUT TEAMS!
c) The fight against RACISM and DISCRIMINATION in a fantasy novel
d) AWESOME CHARACTERS AND DEMONS AND MAGIC
e) BASICALLY EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED. EVER.
I read The Inquisition in two major sittings. On one stint, I read 170 pages without looking except to go “HOLY GOD. What a plot twist,” and then looking down and throwing myself in the claws of possible (okay, definite) heartbreak again.
The second was a little more broken, entirely during my classes today while my graphics professor droned on, and I was so into the world of Corcillium and The Mission AND I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT HAPPENED DURING AFOREMENTIONED CLASSES.
So, with that terrible ending, HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO SURVIVE UNTIL MAY 2017? In fact, I’m so wound up, I don’t even know what to say in this review, but here we are anyway…
What I Loved About The Inquisition:
1. THE LOYALTY: THIS WAS PHENOMENAL. PHENOMENAL, I tell you. The friendships forged in book one, both with the demons and humans alike, had this unbreakable bond tied around them, and it was PHENOMENAL (God, Aditi, use your brains and think of more words.) I ADORED Othello and Sylva and Ignatius and Athena and Fletcher and Solomon and Sariel. I also adored Arcturus, and Lovett and Uhred and Lysander and EVERYBODY (and demon) ELSE. Wonderfully loyal characters.
2. ARCTURUS: We didn’t see much of him in book one, except in the beginning and the end, and even in book two, we didn’t ACTUALLY see his person in book two, but in the scenes he was a part of, I FELL TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY IN LOVE WITH HIM. He’s smart, powerful, has a dark past and SMART AS HECK!
(SIDE NOTE: If you’ve read this series, there’s A FREE Arcturus Origin Kindle Book, and you should totally read it!)
3. THE COVER: Despite being a seventy-seven-books-so-far-this-year-BookDragon, my ability at imagining things described even extremely well in books is kind of sad. Despite being ABSOLUTELY gorgeous, this cover so aptly describes Fletcher, Ignatius and all of his weapons, IT WAS SO COOL! And informative. And cool. #AGreatLinguistInTheMaking
4. RACISM AND DISCRIMINATION IN YA FANTASY: THIS WAS DONE SO WELL. I loved how races we thought had no thoughts (THE ENEMY FOR GOD'S SAKE) was also explained to us – SO WELL, in fact that I not simultaneously hate them and sympathise because none of this is their fault (???) This book left me with such strong, complicated, confused feels I DON’T EVEN.
What I didn’t love as much as the rest in The Inquisition:
1. THE SUDDEN INFLUX OF CHARACTERS: There was this point in the middle where we were being introduced to a bunch of new demons and characters and well, I was only slightly lost. There was also SO MANY demonic descriptions flying around, and so many demon species names everywhere, that I was scratching my head for a while (still am, to be honest) and I would LEGIT LOVE A DEMON HANDBOOK!
2. THE LACK OF ADRENALINE AT THE ENDING: For the first time EVER, a book was more past paced at the beginning than at the ending, and that sort of brought the ending down more me. I guess with that EXPLOSIVE first half of the book, I was just expecting more with the second.
As I said again, THAT ENDING KILLED ME. Someone please invent the time machine because bext May will be the death of me, and I need it to come sooner!