Monday, November 7, 2016
Book Review: Witch's Pyre
Book 3 in the Worldwalker Trilogy
AUTHOR: Josephine Angelini
PUBLISHED: September 20th, 2016
GENRE: Fantasy, Witches
PREMISE: Lily and her friends stumble continue their rebellion...
MY REVIEW: Sigh. I'm always torn when it comes to Angelini's books. On one hand: they're damn entertaining reads and that's clearly all they're really meant to be. So I can't deny they do their purpose. On the other hand...they're predictable and have many problematic elements going on in them, like tokenization.
Angelini does have diversity in her books. But...it's only ever in the side characters and those side characters are rarely fleshed out and tend to be stereotyped, or worse made out to be exotic. Then there's the weird handling of LGBT characters in this, or should I say character, because there was only one. Yes, we have Caleb. But...he's never shown to have his own romance or character arc at like all, and when then when a female gets too close to Lily at one point, someone actually says it's creepy. It kind of reeks of gay men being okay but lesbians, not so much. So much nope there.
The author did wrap up story lines in a satisfactory way. It was just all in a predictable sort of way. Even the promising turn around thing with Rowan quickly goes back to business as usual. This is readable. But...it just has issues that bug me, which was a thing I had with her last trilogy as well. That on top of predictability...made this kind of a boring read, despite all the things going on in it.
WHO SHOULD READ: Fans of the first two books, Starcrossed fans
MY RATING: Three and a half out of Five sighs
RATING FOR TRILOGY: Three and a half out of Five