This is going to be a pretty different “review” (I use this word loosely) because…I couldn’t do it. I tried. I really did. I made it over 100 pages into the book. But there were a few things working against it.
Thing 1: I don’t really remember the other books.
I talked about this in the post about my Fall TBR–I wanted to read this, but it’s been like 3 years since I read the last book. Did I remember the basics about the main characters? Yeah. Did I remember what happened to them in the previous book? No, not really. (Although, just to note, I feel like the early chapters in this book did do a good job catching us up on that. Just to be fair. That was actually stunningly good.)
Thing 2: Our current political climate
This is essentially why I couldn’t read this right now. The similarities between this world and the 1920s of this book were too eerily similar and, on top of that, the entire tone of the book is kind of defeatist? They suffered a major loss. The bad guys totally have the upper hand. The Diviners were about to do something incredibly stupid when I stopped reading. I just felt like if I read more than 30 pages at a time, I couldn’t breathe. Everything was so horrible. I couldn’t do it for another 400 pages or whatever I had left.
Thing 3: I kept putting this down to read other books.
Because of that defeatism/darkness in the book, I would literally read about 25 pages and go, “Nope, I have to read something else,” and I’d pick up a romance novel to completely cleanse the palate. Then, after finishing the romance novel, I’d pick this back up and do the same thing all over again. Rinse and repeat. That’s why, after reading 2 full novels while “reading” this book, I decided that was a pretty clear indicator that this wasn’t the right time to be reading this.
So there you have it. Maybe when we’re not in the middle of a global pandemic, maybe when the political climate changes and we aren’t so divided, I’ll be able to pick this up again.
Or maybe I’ll never go back to this. I don’t know.