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Astrid Scholte

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Representation: Implied Brown character
Trigger warnings: Fire, death of parents and others in the past, near-death experience, imprisonment, murder, gun violence
Score: Six points out of ten.
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One year ago, I read Astrid Scholte's debut, Four Dead Queens--a massive disappointment. One year later, it was time to read her latest book (at the time of writing,) League of Liars. However, it turned out to be equally underwhelming. I thought League of Liars was enjoyable until I picked out the flaws. I'm done with this author.

It starts with the first character I see, Cayder Broduck, studying to be a lawyer after magic, or edem, killed his mother. He seizes an opportunity to be a public defender's apprentice to learn every trick to dismantle arguments, as the blurb said. However, when Cayder meets his clients in the prison, Jay and Leta, they are not what they seem at first glance. League of Liars revolves around a mystery concerning who burnt a town to the ground. If it's not the suspect, then who is it? Unfortunately, nothing happens in League of Liars except the characters living their lives, creating a monotonous reading experience. I couldn't connect or relate to them. The worldbuilding doesn't exist, and the worst part is the magic system. Why is there a veil where all the edem comes from? How did it get here? Why hasn't the country the author set League of Liars set in progressed compared to others? There's no explanation for any of my questions. The conclusion is a cliffhanger and more action-packed than the rest of League of Liars. The sequel, Shadows of Truth, will arrive this year, but I don't want to read any more of the author's fictional compositions for now.
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Law_Books600 | 6 andra recensioner | Feb 20, 2024 |
* I did get this book for review from the publisher for my honest thoughts*

I really wound up loving this read. I thought this book had much more solid and clear world building then her first book. I felt so much more connected to this world and found it to be even more compelling to read. I thought this book was solid mystery that captured me. I also really liked both POV characters that we go to know. I also really liked this book focused so much on sisters and that relationship. This book also tackled the many aspects of grief and really liked that. I also liked the setting of this book as well. I def liked this more than her debut.… (mer)
 
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lmauro123 | 8 andra recensioner | Dec 28, 2023 |
* I did get this book for review from the publisher for my honest thoughts*

I really wound up loving this read. I thought this book had much more solid and clear world building then her first book. I felt so much more connected to this world and found it to be even more compelling to read. I thought this book was solid mystery that captured me. I also really liked both POV characters that we go to know. I also really liked this book focused so much on sisters and that relationship. This book also tackled the many aspects of grief and really liked that. I also liked the setting of this book as well. I def liked this more than her debut.… (mer)
 
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lmauro123 | 8 andra recensioner | Dec 28, 2023 |
Trigger warnings: Fire, murder

6/10, Look. I tried to enjoy this novel after reading a great novel from Alan Gratz and it was a fantasy book as well but alas this kind of underwhelmed me and it was a step down from The Vanishing Deep which was written by the same author, where do I even begin. The world building was so vague, it left more questions than answers, like how come Eonia is so high tech compared to the other countries, why are there walls between them, and where did the countries and queens come from? Are there any royal families in there or are there just queens and that's it? Because that's not how monarchies work in real life since when the monarch dies someone will succeed them. The characters are so two dimensional, and the plot's pace is just so slow and full of filler, that it lost my attention and it should've been cut down during the editing process. The ending was quite interesting to say the least when one queen didn't actually die so it should've just been called Three Dead Queens and the villain was stopped way too quickly and the only motive was that she wanted to rule all of Quadara all by herself which was kind of predictable.… (mer)
 
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