My biggest regret in 2020? Waiting as long as I did to read this book. But now that I’ve read it, I will read anything Schwab writes. This book wove together two timelines in such a masterful way. We traveled with Addie for over 300 years, and it still did not feel like enough. Her story was heartbreaking, riveting, dark, and whimsical. Did I just become a fan of fantasy, aka the genre that scares me the most? Maybe.
Here are 5 things I loved about this book:
- The phenomenal character building had me attached to both Addie and Henry in a way I’ve never felt before. I also hated the darkness more than I ever thought possible.
- The storytelling from start to finish was completely breathtaking. I never felt bored or confused by the timelines, despite there being multiple and me listening to it on audio (I often get confused with multiple timelines on audio).
- The emotions this book evoked in me, especially toward the end, were unprecedented.
- I’ve struggled with fantasy in the past because it often makes me feel tired – the world building can be too much. This one never felt that way. It was effortless and never confusing.
- The ending. I won’t spoil it, but it took my breath away.
This book gets 5/5 stars, no question in my mind.
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