On book 2 and I find the romantic relationship a bit annoying. I genuinely enjoyed their relationship in book 1 and loved their development. But Book 2 gave “on again off again” vibes to me and I found it hard to get past. However, I’m not convinced my standoffish feelings for the pair don’t stem from my dislike of the male narrator.
It’s a very heavy dislike too. Almost stopped listening bc of him! Awkward long pauses, staccato speech rhythm, random accents - CHANGING accents - sometimes no accents for characters who previously had accents and then later on the accents came back. When narrating dialogue he has three settings: pouting mumbling man (deep, sometimes slurred, and grumbly), suddenly very angry man (loud - so loud I had to quick turn the volume down - ground speech, short and clipped) or super high pitched unrealistic little girl voice.
But the female narrator is VERY good and consistent.
I saw another review talking about how the book attacks Catholicism and I would have to disagree. It’s a fantasy book. It’s fiction. The author never states the name of the religion, but it is probable that she took some inspiration from reality. That a very normal thing to do. All the author has done is taken legends, religion, scripture, etc and made a story. I don’t think the Catholic Church prosecutes these types of witches exist in reality sooo… Tolkien and other authors have done the same thing.
If that bothers you, read a different book.
Overall I am looking forward to the next book!
I wanted this book to be as good as “The Black Witch” Chronicles, or similar to Sarah J. Maas books but the religious references are more like an attack on Catholicism. I grew up Catholic, and I recognized parts of the Holy Mass in this book... not to mention the fact that the Arch Bishop is the most corrupt character in the story. I know the Catholic priests have had many scandals but it was in poor taste to portray every part of Christian Catholicism as evil and misguided. The references did not enhance the book in any way. In fact, I found it distracting and off putting. I am very open minded about other religions, and have no problem with someone disagreeing with my personal faith, but the author did more than just that. The story would have been much more entertaining if the author would have focused less on her obvious hatred of established Christian religion and more on the development of the magical backstory.