This was disappointing and unnecessary. The plot was thin. The storyline was boring. It’s also a bit preachy, which I wasn’t in the mood for. I don’t mind when books have lessons or make a good point, but I hate that feeling like it is forced upon me…like the author is hitting me over the head with it. When that happens, it disrupts the story more than it helps or makes a point.
I gave this 3 stars, because I still love the characters and setting (and typically love everything Rae Carson). In reality, it’s more of a 2.5.
Unfortunately, this lacks intrigue, action, emotional resonance, and a satisfying conclusion. There’s a happy ending. I just didn’t enjoy it. In fact, by that point, I didn’t even care anymore.
The longer you read, the more tedious and cliché the story becomes. The displays of power are lackluster. Most of those questions I’ve been carrying with me since book one remain unanswered, which is both disappointing and a missed opportunity. Any answers you do get are vague and along the lines of –-because it just is what it is, grasshopper.
I honestly can’t really understand why this book was necessary, other than it was part of the publishing contract. It definitely did not grow the series or contribute positively towards it. Almost everything I loved about the previous books was missing in this addition.
If you really like period pieces and/or happy endings, enough to overlook things like plot and character development, then you’ll probably still enjoy this. It just wasn’t enough for me. My overall impression of this story is – meh.
And I’m pretty sad about that.