Mini Review: Recent Fantasy Reads

Three mini fantasy reviews!

1. Archangel’s Blade (Guild Hunter #4) by Nalini Singh ⭐⭐⭐

Honestly, I was not really looking forward to this installment in the series because Dimitri is easily my least favorite character… and sadly I didn’t like him anymore by the end of this. I absolutely love this series, nothing in this redeemed Dimitri for me. I just never bought into this relationship beyond physical attraction. I didn’t actually mind his overly callous and toxic masculinity as much as I thought the romantic side of their romance was missing entirely. Yes they spend a lot of time together and are attracted to each other physically (they talk about it constantly) but there was never anything deeper between these characters. And the ending… was hands down one of the corniest things I’ve ever read 😅 I’m all for cheese, but I need to believe in the relationship first. And unfortunately I just didn’t here.

However, I love that this series includes books for side characters. The backstories for everyone are so complex and intriguing and loved learning about Dimitri and Raphael’s history here. I also appreciated that this book tackled PTSD and has such strong female characters. I’m really excited for Sorrow’s story now!

2. Pure (Covenant #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Omg I’m addicted to this series 😍 This series is like candy, I just can’t stop reading it. I’ve been listening to these on audiobook and not only is the story great, but the narration is absolutely fantastic. Something about this series just sucks me in and completely immerses me in the world. When I’m not reading this, I’m thinking about it.

I love the characters, the angst, drama, the political intrigue, and the dark, ominous vibes this has. There are so many moving parts to this story and I’m completely hooked. There’s something about paranormal romance that is so gripping and compulsively readable, and this series is definitely no exception. This installment had so many amazing twists and turns. It broke my heart at times and had me on the edge of my seat by the end. 

And this ending has me wanting to dive into the next book immediately! I’m so intrigued to see where this series goes!

3. The Winter of the Witch (The Winternight Trilogy #3) by Katherine Arden ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

What an amazing ending to a new all-time favorite series. 

“I have plucked snowdrops at Midwinter, died at my own choosing, and wept for a nightingale. Now I am beyond prophecy.”

I don’t quite know how to talk about or review this final book. This picks up directly after The Girl in the Tower and follows Vasya as she battles men, chyerti, and herself. This story is all about acceptance and I loved Vasya’s journey to accept herself, even the dark parts.

“As I could, I loved you.”

This book took me on emotional rollercoaster. It broke me apart and built me back together. This had it all – heartbreak, joy, triumph, and tragedy. This is honestly one the greatest conclusions I have ever read and it is one that I will be thinking about long after. 

“There are no monsters in the world, and no saints. Only infinite shades woven into the same tapestry, light and dark. One man’s monster is another man’s beloved. The wise know that.”

Katherine Arden’s ability to weave a magical, lush fantasy with a historically accurate backdrop blew me away. The writing was exquisite and this world completely immersive. I’m finding it extremely difficult to write anything resembling a coherent review because this world and series (and Morozko) have my whole heart. 

Pick up this series. You won’t regret it.


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