(Fortuna Sworn #3)
by K.J. Sutton
After having stalled two-thirds of the way through, because it felt as though we really weren’t making any headway on the story, I eventually picked this back up and finished reading it. Virtually from the very page I’d left this the plot picked up and I was recaptured by this great series. So much so that I read into the early hours to finish this! Had the entire book been at this level it would have surpassed 5 stars, if more of the book had been at this level I would never have come close to DNF’ing it. I do need to thank Julie of One Book More blog, as she encouraged me to finish this and was 100% correct about that ending!
This is a long book a fair amount of which could (and maybe should) have been edited out, with no real impact on the story. There was a whole sub-plot involving Gwen and the Wild Hunt that was far too long winded for very little forward movement. Given the amount of words devoted to this, it should have driven the plot forward much more significantly. It does leave me wondering if the series should have been planned for 4 or 5 books rather than 6.
On a positive, we saw Fortuna undergo a great deal of personal growth. There were still some rash decisions, but we saw a lot more forethought, more questioning rather than simply believing, more self-awareness. Despite it being heartbreaking to read, I loved how the author handled the trauma that both Fortuna and Collith had endured. There were some beautiful moments between various characters, some incredibly tender scenes, some moving scenes, some terrifying scenes and some confuzzling ones that will no doubt become clear in future books.
I was awestruck by how a throwaway sentence in book #1, by a nameless character, suddenly held great significance. This is a complex story, one where you start unravelling a thread and suddenly have a whole layer seemingly revealed, only for another thread to add a different spin to the story. Relationships and allegiances, that in hindsight had been obvious, were revealed like a slap to the face. Hints, clues, breadcrumbs and red herrings are scattered throughout and you could drive yourself insane trying to follow and unpick them all.
The book spent far to long drifting in aimless circles with little advancement of the plot. So whilst this was not quite as good as the previous two based on the last third I WILL continue the series. I’m fairly certain, at some point, that we will discover that “Laurie” at the end isn’t Laurie, but rather is his more evil and conniving brother. I could be wrong though.
Sadly this also suffered from that very annoying trope of “let’s avoid that simple conversation that would avoid lots of angst, suffering and misconceptions”. There were too many interrupted conversations that remained unfinished, despite the opportunity to complete them. And despite the information being really important. In addition I felt there was too much needless keeping of secrets, which smacks of lazy/lacklustre writing.
This review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show… by Miriam perfectly sums up my exact thoughts and feelings around this book. Perhaps I’d been too eager for this book, had built up such great expectations that I was bound to be somewhat disappointed. However this series here, The Messenger Chronicles by Pippa DaCosta, is an example of where each book has it’s own story arc, but also drives the overarching storyline too.
Genre – Urban Fantasy
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49419243-deadly-dreams
I pushed myself up and stumbled away. But the memory followed me like a bad feeling. It found its way through the shabby mental wall I’d erected. Within seconds, it filled my skull again.
Fortuna has made one too many sacrifices to protect the ones she loves. She no longer knows how to go about her day-to-day life like she’s normal. Like she’s not utterly destroyed. Just a glimpse of Ian O’Connell’s face causes panic attacks, and Collith isn’t much help, considering he’s fighting demons of his own.
Amongst so much inner turmoil, Fortuna’s abilities are still changing. However weak she feels, she knows she’s getting stronger. Fortuna does her best to hide it from other Fallen, because in the world of monsters, strength will get you killed. Well, that and unpredictable panic attacks. Unfortunately for Fortuna, it’s when you’re most vulnerable that enemies—new and old—like to come out of the woodwork…
TRIGGER WARNING: This novel contains scenes or themes of PTSD, rape, sex, violence, and gore.