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Rachel Gillig

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4.5 stars Oh my goodness wow. This duology was phenomenal! These books have easily become favorites for me. I'm still in shock after finishing them.

I cannot even begin to understand why some people do not like these books, the first book is flawless in my opinion and the second book, while ever so slightly not as good as the first book, is still fantastic. I do hear a lot of people on TikTok comparing these books to series like ACOTAR and Fourth Wing (I have read both of those series- ACOTAR through ACOSF and Fourth Wing through Iron Flame). I have no idea why the hell people are comparing the Shepard King books to ones like ACOTAR and Fourth Wing because they could not be more different. The only similarity is that they’re all fantasy books involving magic. But even still, the magic in all of these series are soooo different from each other. So perhaps that's why people aren't liking these books, they're going into One Dark Window expecting intense fae politics and fae smut every other page or horny teenagers that ride dragons, when these books just aren't about that. I’ve heard a lot of people say they expected more smut and romance in the Shepard King series because of the comparisons to Fourth Wing and ACOTAR. The Shepard King duology, while it has romance, is not just about romance and doesn’t rely just on romance. It’s much deeper. So to people that picked up these books because they were looking for something to fill the void from missing ACOTAR, Fourth Wing, or other beloved romantasy series, pLEASE try these books again with a clean slate and palette. You won’t be getting ACOTAR 2.0 from these, it’s much, much different and honestly better. And to the people who said these books were “too wordy”, kindly be quiet and go read a dictionary because apparently you never studied your SAT words well enough. To me, the language of these books was like a breath of fresh air especially having grown up reading books like Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre and especially after the overly blunt and simplistic language of most popular novels and series out there (which I admit and appreciate, do still have a time and a place!).

**MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD**

Everything from the characters to the environment to the magic system to the plot and more was so good. I loved when Elspeth and the Nightmare would squabble, it cracked me up every time. And I also loved the development of Ravyn and the Nightmare's relationship throughout the second book. I went from silently screaming at the pages whenever Ravyn called the Nightmare a parasite and whenever the Nightmare called Ravyn a stupid bird to appreciating it and loving it. As did they I suspect. I love how those nicknames went from hurtful insults to secret terms of endearment. Especially at the very end when they called each other that for the last time—ohmygod im gonna cry just thinking about it—. And even if it wasn’t the author’s intention, I loved how the Maiden card represented what it’s like to fight depression. Having been fighting depression myself and knowing lots of people who have been too, it moved me deeply. I hope it was the author’s intention though.

I also loved the prose/writing style and all of the rhyming poetry. It was so eloquent and beautiful.

The ONLY thing I didn’t like about this book was that it had more smut in it than the first book. But that’s no surprise to me since I’m not much of a smut girly, it’s just not my thing. I would have gotten over it more had the author not done that sTUPID thing that authors sometimes do where they refer to the character’s g*nitals as the character’s “sex”. EW EW EW. I HATE that. It is my biggest pet-peeve. It makes no sense and I find it just gross. But anyway. Other than that the book had more smut and that one thing that I hate so much, I had no complaints. I mean there were a couple typos in both books. But whatever I can get over that. Me too queen I’m sure there’s typos in this very review if I’m being honest.

Overall, this duology was utterly fantastic and wonderful and I love it very dearly. I HIGHLY recommend these books and will gladly recommend them to everyone. It is everything I look for in a fantasy book: dark, gothic, magical, forests strewn with mist and magic and monsters, a little bit of horror, mind control and mind games, a little touch of romance, gowns and castles, I could easily keep going. Thank you Rachel Gillig for these wonderful, outstanding books. Also, I will never look at trees the same way again hahaha
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superducky800 | 7 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 13, 2024 |
6 STARS I cannot believe how fantastic this book was. I am clawing at the walls of my enclosure for book two. I loved the gothic atmosphere and the magic system and the gore and the characters and everything. I am utterly obsessed with this book.

Adding this from my review of the sequel, Two Twisted Crowns (don't worry, no spoilers ahead for either book!):

I cannot even begin to understand why some people do not like these books, the first book is flawless in my opinion and the second book, while ever so slightly not as good as the first book, is still fantastic. I do hear a lot of people on TikTok comparing these books to series like ACOTAR and Fourth Wing (I have read both of those series- ACOTAR through ACOSF and Fourth Wing through Iron Flame). I have no idea why the hell people are comparing the Shepard King books to ones like ACOTAR and Fourth Wing because they could not be more different. The only similarity is that they’re all fantasy books involving magic. But even still, the magic in all of these series are soooo different from each other. So perhaps that's why people aren't liking these books, they're going into One Dark Window expecting intense fae politics and fae smut every other page or horny teenagers that ride dragons, when these books just aren't about that. I’ve heard a lot of people say they expected more smut and romance in the Shepard King series because of the comparisons to Fourth Wing and ACOTAR. The Shepard King duology, while it has romance, is not just about romance and doesn’t rely just on romance. It’s much deeper. So to people that picked up these books because they were looking for something to fill the void from missing ACOTAR, Fourth Wing, or other beloved romantasy series, pLEASE try these books again with a clean slate and palette. You won’t be getting ACOTAR 2.0 from these, it’s much, much different and honestly better. And to the people who said these books were “too wordy”, kindly be quiet and go read a dictionary because apparently you never studied your SAT words well enough. To me, the language of these books was like a breath of fresh air especially having grown up reading books like Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre and especially after the overly blunt and simplistic language of most popular novels and series out there (which I admit and appreciate, do still have a time and a place!).… (lisätietoja)
 
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superducky800 | 18 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 10, 2024 |
Series Info/Source: This is the second book in The Shepherd King duology. I borrowed this on ebook from my library.

Thoughts: This was a DNF for me. I stopped reading this about 40% of the way through. After reading the first book in this series I found the magic system intriguing and the idea of the cursed kingdom interesting, but never really engaged with any of the characters very well. This book was worse for me.

We barely hear from Elspeth at all. I completely lost any connection I felt with Ravyn as well, he seems remote and we don't hear from him much in the first 40% of the book. Instead we spend a lot of time with Elm and Ione, two characters I never really enjoyed from the first book. The first book had a dark beauty to it, this one just did not.

Ravyn is still searching for the Twin Alders card. Ione has lost her maiden card and her and Elm kind of join forces to work against the King while she searches for it. I didn't get a lot more out of this than that before I stopped.

I realized as I was listening to this one day, that I kept coming up with excuses to not listen to it because I am so completely bored by the characters and story and feel absolutely no interest or draw to them. The book focuses a lot more on the odd romance (or at least attraction) between Elm and Ione and very little page space is given to actually fixing the problems the kingdom are facing. The balance between the story and characters felt off and the pacing was inconsistent.

I borrowed this from the library and have many other audiobooks I want to read as well. In addition to that, a lot of people were waiting for the audiobook. So, I decided to return it early and start on something I can stomach a bit easier. Hopefully others enjoy this more than I did!

My Summary (3/5): Overall, this was incredibly disappointing for me, but keep in mind I liked the first book but wasn't a die-hard fan of it. This second book just went too far in the direction of everything I didn't like about the first book.
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krau0098 | 7 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 3, 2024 |
Loved the book. Had me in suspense while listening to the audiobook. On yo book 2.
 
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vickiv | 18 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 2, 2024 |

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