Mark Hurn Hurn itibaren Izbiska, Polonya
Quick and interesting read, but not on the level of If I Stay. There, the constant flashbacks worked; here, I felt like they dragged the story down.
Excellent prose as I've come to expect from this author. Death of a Kingdom begins where book one, The Sable City left off after our rag tag group of fighters, assassins, mercenaries, and nobles fights their way through the famed black stone city. What I liked most about DoK is that it's split into distinct 'parts' where we jump from group to group, as the original group has gone its separate ways. So, for example, we spend quite a bit of time with the misunderstood and deeply powerful Nesha-tari who is, holy crap, bad-a$$. One part that stands out as a goose bumps on my arms, heart fluttering wildly moment is the very end of part two - I can't wait to see where Nesha-tari goes from here. We're also introduced to some new characters, namely the Emperor of Codia and his FREAKING AMAZING sister, Allison. I love all the characters for little things - Tilda for her faults and the way she embraces them, Zeb for his easy-going attitude, Claudja for her bravery in the face of adversity, but Allison is a whole new dimension of kick-a$$ heroines. She's strong, she's beautiful, she's stubborn, she's fearless... She's everything a princess SHOULD be to be the right role models for little girls. The little girl inside me idolizes that character. DoK isn't just like Sable City, and I like that a lot. We have the same people, but we have a new game with higher stakes and a lot of blood shed. If you haven't read The Sable City, do. You won't be able to wait to start this one!