– I love Kelsea. Most of the reviews I read loathe her. They complain that she is childish, naïve, not confident enough, whiny, stupid, etc. Well hear this: She is a 19 year old girl who (yes she was trained her whole life, but) walked into a crapstorm much bigger than she had anticipated. She wasn’t truly ready for anything that she saw at the Keep, and I can totally understand. I don’t think anyone, regardless of the schooling received, would walk into that situation and be like “Oh, yeah, I got this. Stand back.” She isn’t described as this beautiful, thin girl that gets whatever she wants. She is an average looking girl that maybe weighs a little too much, but she is compassionate, genuine, and truly wants to better her kingdom even if it means she isn’t able to see it all come to fruition. I couldn’t find a accurate enough picture of how I think she might look, but this (below) is kind of close. To me anyway.
–Lazarus, aka “The Mace”, is a character that I struggled with early on, but came to love. In the beginning, he is cold and rude to Kelsea, but he comes to truly care for her, even if he doesn’t show it very well.
–I HATE how the men in this book treat Kelsea. Some change their attitude as the book progresses, but still. The Fetch told her that she was much to plain for him. –The world building could have been better, but I still love it.
–The Fetch is this renowned thief that kidnaps Kelsea early on and “steals” the twin sapphire of her own. She just lets him, and I’m not sure why… She knows that they are very powerful.
–The Red Queen could’ve been a little bit better as a villain. We only get a peek at her side two or three times, and each time she is waiting for a sex slave or something equally ridiculous… I’m assuming we’ll get to know her better in book 2. She is the mortal enemy in this book, but it seems like she’s more of a fear monger.
–Religious depiction. I realize that we live in a time where the popular thing is to poke fun at people who believe in God or other higher powers… It really frustrated me how she depicted the Church as being corrupt and evil, yet atheists were totally cool. There is one part where she is talking to Father Tyler and she asks him how he expects anyone to believe in God. He responds that he believes in his God, to which her response is that he is a fool. Really… But all the atheists in the book are just the bees knees right? Shut up already.