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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