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*** Spoilers ahead do not read if you don't want Spoilers*** First I read this book from start to finish. The story itself is amazing minus the MCs teenage urge to screw every attractive woman. So, I'm conflicted on whether this was a 2.5 star or 3. I gave it a 3 based off the ability to tell a story and have me ignore ALMOST all the grammatical errors. However, all things considered, I'd give this a 2.5 star. I absolutely hate the lack of depth the MC has. On one hand she talks the noble talk on the other she doesn't believe in monogamy. This readers is my biggest disappointment in this book. I get lust and also understand they're other relationship types outside monogamy. But for me, it ruined this character and actually cheapened her. On one breathe she is talking about how this woman is the most beautiful she's ever laid eyes on. But her eyes are forever wondering that I definitely do not believe in her love for our sweet elf. The whole thing with her Second was sooooooooo off putting and many times wanted to throw away this book.
Here is my issue with that, she promised her (at the time) fiance that she'll never do things like that in public or in front of her and that she'll always be #1. then comes her second. This whole dynamic is so gross to me and lacks conviction. I love the idea of her Second being her Second. But with honor and duty as a guide. Not being in love with her and talking about how you're going to screw her and she's constantly horny for you. Uuugghhhh and our "honorable" queen will wait to sleep with her second until after she marries the sweet elf... someone, anyone, how is this even okay or am acceptable thing?
My hope is our sweet elf who has been nothing but darling this whole book finds someone else who will make her and ONLY her their only priority. She tried to explain why she was not comfortable with sharing but our MC was just so cavalier like "well your culture is wrong, mine is superior and since coming here, you all suck and your whole culture is irredeemable... and we'll replace it with mine hahaha". Now, I am open to the idea of polyamorous relationships but this wasn't it. We just have a horny queen who wants to screw every attractive woman (and i mean every attractive woman) while claiming the one the goddesses chose for her was the best of the best for her. But she has needs, sorry Athena didn't roll like that at all. This doesn't make her seem like a good ruler IMHO. Being in many sexual relationships, loving many women, claiming all of them to belong to you doesn't sit well with me at all. There is actually something more powerful about one on one relationships, because the rest is easy. I read a book recently about how one queen comes from amorous people and the warrior she chose did not. Her culture had like orgie parties. Even though she ended up married to someone not of their culture only the Queen (or queens) in this culture practice monogamy and if they want to spice things up BOTH of them have to agree on that, and, they person shares them both at the same time and leaves. There is no on going thing like her and her second. That more palatable imo. That book is 'The Witch Queens Mate's by Jennifer Karter
The other thing which is a huge pet peeve of mine is the misuse of "of" instead of "have" the amount of time this author says something like "he'd of" instead of "he'd have" or "should of" instead of "should have" made me.... and while this is a top 3 pet peeve... I cannot forgive the "romantic entanglements".
A whole queen acting like a horny teenager is the biggest sin in this book. There is a reason in many books- fiction and non fiction- why even cultures that allowed polygamy and or polyamorous relationships excluded (and I mean EXCLUDED) the rulers/monarchs of the time. And if you're going to do this warn me in the blurb so I can skip it. But more importantly, make it feel real and not like a possessive queen who wants everyone to be hers (she keeps saying... you're mine) . She said something like this to our sweet elf "you can sleep with any woman you want, but never a man" while she's also falling in love with a man (she called him a pretty man *face palm) who she picked to sire their offspring (she'd sleep with him as long as it took to get knocked up)... LIKE WHAT? LOL
If you want a fun story in a fun world, with a strong female MC and not worried about romantic entanglements, this is definitely for you! If you're like me (prefer monogamy) you'll get so irked but you can read it because the story itself is really good that's why even after all of that I gave it a 3 star. (But really not sure if it's worth that)
as it says in the title this was such an amazing read. i really really enjoyed it and the world it was creating. but i started noticing as it was progressing that the MC was always right. everything from her culture was always better than the culture of the elves and humans of her home. she got angry at the elves for not detailing to her the specific dangers. they warned her there were dangers but that wasn't enough. she constantly mentally belittled the accents of the people of hightown cuz she saw it as uneducated. she also viewed their number system as lesser because they counted in five tens and nine tens, rather than 50 and 90. and while i didn't like it so much i was fine letting it slide.
but then we get to the point where decides that being poly > monogamous because "some men cheat, & women aren't allowed to cheat" but for the woman who was in love and wanted to marry to just be like ok that cool go ahead and have other lovers that just doesn't compute. The story didn't even state that all men cheated just that some men cheated. but despite apparently most men being faithful to their wives she just chucks out everything she's ever felt about love and commitment? i'm sorry that just not believable.
i am not the biggest fan of poly/harem books but im not totally against them if they are done right. I recently read a book that ended up going this way but it took several chapters of working threw it. there is a MAJOR difference between a cultrual practice that is actively hurtful to others like slavery or the abuse of others to get ahead like the blacksmith and his son. but i can't believe that she would prefer completely scrapping monogomy in favor over fixing the inequality of it in that world with say the inclusion of divorce. but the mc just completely writes it off because "some men" cheat and because its not what is practiced in her culture.
I really really was enjoying this story but that was just a bit too much for me. perhaps others are fine letting it slide in favor of the otherwise good story but sadly i just couldn't. please note i'm not saying Its bad because it has poly, but the it was done was just another problematic issue in the writting to far for me.
This is the first book I have read by Faye love, it will not my the last. This is an incredible read, well developed characters, great plot, and very well written. I hope this story continues with more exciting adventures. Looking forward more of her amazing stories.
I know there was an afterward from the author's editing team, but this read like mediocre fanfiction. I understand stylistic writing choices, but she shows so much promise with her vocabulary and scene setting that her atrocious use of commas and sentence structuremade it impossible to get in to the story. Halfway decent grammar will allow readers to be immersed by the story that she clearly loves.
3 stars instead of 1 or 2 for the good sense to put this on unlimited and not require payment.
This story is amazing, right at the level of Tolkien and George Martin. The characters are very detailed and believable. The different POVs are a great way of seeing the important scenes from different angles. Excellent overall and I cannot wait to read the next book.
The Queen's sister is a great read. Adventure magic betrayal friendship and love. It has fea Elves and humans Queen's Goddess's and traveling to a different planet. I enjoyed it and can't wait for the next.