My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This easily became one of my favorite books ever. This is one of those books that you sit down to start reading and realize that hours have gone by and you haven’t moved from the position you started the book in. This is definitely one of those books that you fly through because you can’t put it down and it just pulls you in.
The writing flows so naturally it doesn’t even feel like your actually reading a book that’s almost 700 pages long, and all the characters were surprisingly relatable for a book in this genre. You would think that reading a book about a man telling his life story, including seemingly mundane tasks like class and trying to earn money would be boring, but that was never the case with this book. Every word had a meaning and there was always something more to the “average” scenes than what you originally thought.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, whether they enjoy this type of fantasy or not!
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I gave the book 3 stars instead of 2 because I really liked the idea of this book, there were just parts I did not like. It seemed far too fast paced and there were some plot holes as well. I found that I would read a section and it would completely change topic and I would have to go back and reread to see if I missed a page in between. This was especially confusing when Lark lost days apparently staring at Coal? This definitely could’ve used more explaining as this section seemed like it was just thrown in just to move the plot ahead a few days.
It didn’t really make sense to me that Lark went back and forth between “I’m just a doormat” to “I’m a fierce warrior” every other page. It was also very obvious that she is not useless from the very beginning of the book, but everyone around her, including herself, continuously say she is useless. It actually got kind of annoying that they had to mention that on every page, like the point was made that everyone thinks she’s useless move on from it.
There was also a line early on that kind of bothered me, where Lark mentions that she must be retarded because she is weak and can’t do anything by herself. I just didn’t like the use of the word retarded in this regard, a better word definitely could’ve been chosen.
I did like how the book was fairly short and easy to read within a few hours, but I also feel that the book could’ve been so much better to me if it was just slightly longer, enough so that things could’ve been explained more thoroughly.