The Emperor’s Arrow
The Emperor’s Arrow, Lauren D.M. SmithGenre: Romance, Fantasy & Sci-fi
I wasn’t sure about this, but it sounded intriguing.
It was a fun read and I loved Evony, such an independent, strong woman. She had this way of summing up people, speaking her mind without being rude, managing to ignore for the most part the irritating, fluttery, squealy, girly, girls and yet was open and kind to those who were in need of help and a friendly face.
I loved the way she talked to Galen and some of the dialogue between them was excellent and yet…the romance. I just wasn’t feeling it, the sex/kissing scenes felt awkward and stilted, and I just didn’t feel a proper sense of sizzle, sexual tension, the can’t-stay-away pull that usually goes with this kind of read – well, the ones I like.
In many ways it reminded me of Kiera Cass Selection novels, same kind of premise, same kind of issues throughout, but it didn’t quite have the contrasts of those, the plots lacked the intrigue and depth of the Cass ones.
Its still a great debut book, and I’m sure Lauren has some great stories to come out that will appeal to me in the future, but for now this book is a good read, not a great one.
Of course that’s my view, for many others it’ll be a great read as it is. The beauty of books is the way we all want different characters, divergent issues, things that appeal to some of us others loathe. It means somewhere there’s a book for every reader.
Stars:Three, a good debut.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher