The Witch King, Nancy Holland

Caution, mild spoilers ahead.

““Were the poets of your people among those who used to be slaves?”
“Most.” She ducked her head. “And a slave will tell the stories his master wants to hear.””

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinions included in this review are my own and are in no way affected by the exchange.

I haven’t read the previous installments in the series but I wanted to try this book, based on the synopsis and the cover. And well, who doesn’t want a fantasy book with a good story and a splendid world.

That’s what I hoped and that’s what I got. I was thrown into the world that has already existed for 2 books and it was rich, exciting and entertaining. There were old stories, that must’ve happened in the previous books, but I didn’t need any background for the characters to stay on track throughout the story.

Even if there were a few very predictable and expected turns, there was enough of the adventure and action to keep me hooked to the story till the last page.

The characters were interesting. Some were more attractive than others. I didn’t like Kyr as much as I liked Ciel. She was stubborn and full of wisdom, even for a slave that was treated badly all her life. She was spirited and guided me through the whole story.

Yes, sometimes the dialogs were too long. And yes, there were passages without any actual action. But I think it all was a part of a good story.

I also think that for the 3rd installment in a series, there were not a lot of characters involved. For a fantasy novel that is not in the YA genre, there were not as many things happening that there should be. But it was a romance after all and it was a good one. A better one than most of the books in this category usually come to be.

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