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I understand why friends' reviews for this one are all over the place.
This one took a turn back to the opening chapters of the series where M.C. was badass out to accomplish stuff rather than moping about pretty dresses and love triangles and being under abusive control of powerful male (the villain king). Loved that. But quickly devolved with her Aunt Maeve putting her under control of another male pretty much back into apprentice role even though now it was learning magic instead of assassin skills and once more full of angst and another court's politics. Yuck.
Eventually worked back out of that (very last chapter) and she's once more on the move towards the end goal of freeing N.'s folk and destroying King and demons.
In the meantime, one POV switch after another after another after another. A few paragraphs of one POV eerily reminiscent of the scene from The Dark Griffin - K.J. Taylor book where escapes chains could get interesting. POV switches put reader inside various character's heads -- but instead of interesting was just leading up to a rather stupid red herring bit. You know, every chapter in a character's POV had all but one potentially going to betray the prince willingly or unwillingly except for one POV ever so sweetly clearly on prince's side then *bam* of course was suddenly the one found out to be conspiring with enemy but somehow was never in their thoughts chapter after chapter.
Seriously—while I still like the story and the characters and will read on to find out what happens next—this whole book could have been the opening couple of chapters for the next book with M.C. briefed on the POV switch stuff.
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Ratings scale used in absence of a booklikes suggested rating scale:
★★★★★ = All Time Favorite
★★★★½ = Extraordinary Book. Really Loved It.
★★★★☆ = Loved It.
★★★½☆ = Really Liked.
★★★☆☆ = Liked.
★★½☆☆ = Liked parts; parts only okay. Would read more by author.
★★☆☆☆ = Average. Okay.
★½☆☆☆ = Disliked or meh? but kept me reading in hopes would get better.
★☆☆☆☆ = Loathed It. Possibly DNF and a torturous read.
½☆☆☆☆ = So vile was a DNF or should have been. Cannot imagine anyone liking. (Might also be just an "uploaded" word spew or collection that should not be dignified by calling itself a "published book." If author is going batshit crazy in the blogosphere over reviews -- I now know why they are getting bad reviews. Or maybe author should take remedial classes for language written in until basic concepts like using sentences sink in. Is author even old enough to sign a publishing contract or do they need a legal guardian to sign for them?)