Top positive review
4.0 out of 5 starsSuch a complete and beautiful world
Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on October 11, 2021
Dates read : september 25th to october 8th
Rates : 4.8*
Plot : 4.75
World building : 4.75
Characters : 5*
Spice : 3.5* (some scenes in the 2nd half)
Themes : War, Ennemis to lover, Fated love, LGBTQ+ representation, loyalty, royaltyReview :
«Never let anyone else tell you who you are, Remi, not even me. No one decides how bright you shine but you.» Remi's mom
With The High Mountain Court, A.K. Mulford sets up a beautiful world in which a diverse cast will evolve. In this YA fantasy, she introduces us to Okrith and it’s five courts (High Mountain, Western, Southern, Northern and Eastern). Each court has their own witches (red, brown, blue, green and purple).
I really like that the author uses the trip of Remi to explain to us the different culture and the different powers that each coven of witches has. There is a lot of world building and description but because it is separated between each place, it’s a little bit less overbuilding.
I also like the fact that each court is really different. Nothing is left behind by A.K. Mulford, their skin color is different, their clothes and their ways of living also.
I just think there was a little bit too much description in some parts of the story.
The plot is well written and you discover the plot at the same time as Remi. There is just enough suspense to give you the feeling of wanting more. I figured out some parts of the plot before it happened, but I was still surprised by the end of it. For me, it’s always a good thing.
Like in some of other fantasy, there were some obstacles that seemed unconquerable, but the characters got over them easily. For me, it’s always frustrating and seems rushed by the author.
Finally, A.K. Mulford introduces us to such a good and diverse cast of characters. For me, it’s the best part of the book. Remi has just enough sass and she has a strong personality. When she sets her head around something, no one will be able to change her mind. She is relatable and believable.
Hale is a strong fae warrior with a big heart and I like the fact that he doesn’t need to feel superior. He wants everyone to be equal.
I think my favorites are «The eagles», two of the fae warriors under Hale commandement. They are full of dry humor.
I like that we have different LGBTQ representants and no one is afraid of who they are and who they like. She choose to represent homosexuel and non-binary characters. It was refreshing and well explained. She also makes sure to use the right pronoun for everyone.
The relationships are upfront and enjoyable. They are reliable through the ups and downs and you really feel the affection between them.
I’m a sucker for chosen family or family by heart. A.K. Mulford prouves us that it’s ok to be broken and it’s ok to choose your family from your heart instead of your blood relatives.«Help lead this worl into a better future, Remi. Be brave and kind and strong and clever, as you've always been.»Heather