Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Publishing Date: March 4th 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy,Science Fiction,Dystopia
Ever found yourself insanely jealous of someone who is really skilled at something? Cause I just did, god how beautifully this woman writes!!!
Of course I had read some pretty amazing reviews of the book, found myself immensely liking, Rutkoski’ style of writing after reading Bridge of Snow, the prequel to Arin and Kestrel’ story, which honestly makes more sense to me now, and in a way breaks my heart, if it’s in any way a foreshadowing of the events to come in the lives of these amazing characters.
My biggest grievance with YA literature is the insta-love angle, I understand the lure of attraction, I don’t get falling head over heels in love with someone you barely know for less than a week/month. Call me old-fashioned, but I believe its takes time for the kind of love to happen, for which you would sacrifice anything and everything, it’s not that SPONTANEOUS, as some books would have you believe. The process is more of a slow burn and not instantaneous combustion. Which is why I absolutely loved, LOVED the way Rutkoski has developed the romance between Arin and Kestrel, a slave and his owner.
They aren’t drawn to each other in a way that is sexual, yes there is a fair amount of sexual tension between them, but it simmers and grows. It simply does not take place overnight, but evolves at its own sweet pace.
The next thing at which Rutkoski absolutely scores in my opinion is her characterization of not just Arin & Kestrel but all the other characters.
But the thing which totally makes me a fan of her is the way she has made Kestrel as a gal I absolutely admire and love. Kestrel isn’t your usual in-your-face whiny annoying YA heroine, she is smart, she is ruthless and she is a fabulous strategist.
Raised by her father who practically lives and breathes war as a general in the military of the Valorian empire, Kestrel absolutely detests bloodshed, yet she hates losing. Her mind is her sword and that makes her an awesome kick-ass heroine to me, she has a clear idea of who she is and what exactly she is capable of. She makes no bones in admitting her strengths and realizing her flaws. She knows she can be completely lethal without raising a finger, is a quick thinker and doesn’t back-out under any circumstances. She knows how to turn even the odds against her in her favor and she is a pianist.
Yep the one thing Valorians don’t believe is vital is Music, is the one thing which Kestrel cannot live without.
It is in Arin, that she finally meets her match.
Though that is not exactly a good thing…. not really.The kind of situation these two find themselves in, you would loathe to be in their shoes.
You can’t help but root for them, you can’t help but think since the moment things begin to unravel – this is a disaster just waiting to happen.
It’s been a long time since I have found myself excited for the next book of a series as much as this one, (GRRM I am looking at you….) especially since that CLIFFHANGER. OMG!!!!! 2015 is simply too far away.
Do yourselves a favor and just pick up the first copy of this book asap, since it’s an absolute must-read and without a doubt will end up in most of the top ten books of year lists.