Monday, 25 April 2016

Review: Warrior Witch by Danielle L. Jensen

Title: Warrior Witch (The Malediction Trilogy #3)
Author: Danielle L. Jensen

Release date: May 3rd 2016
Publisher: Angry Robot
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: eARC
Pages: 328
Source: NetGalley

The thrilling conclusion to the breakout Malediction Trilogy by Goodreads Choice finalist Danielle L. Jensen.

Cécile and Tristan have accomplished the impossible, but their greatest challenge remains: defeating the evil they have unleashed upon the world.

As they scramble for a way to protect the people of the Isle and liberate the trolls from their tyrant king, Cécile and Tristan must battle those who’d see them dead. To win, they will risk everything. And everyone.

But it might not be enough. Both Cécile and Tristan have debts, and they will be forced to pay them at a cost far greater than they had ever imagined.

Warrior Witch is the conclusion to the trilogy, and while it was definitely intriguing with surprising twists, I did have a few issues with it. I was definitely glad to see Cécile stepping up and actually doing things, although she could have done a lot more. Regardless, it was quite a thrilling book overall!

The curse on the trolls has been lifted, and they are now on their way aboveground, to Trianon. Roland, Tristan's twisted brother, needs to kill him so he can be the only heir, and since Roland is still under Angouleme's control, it's clear who the real enemy is. But to defeat Angouleme, Tristan may have to ally with the one person he's always been against - his father.

Cécile and Tristan are apart for a lot of this book as well, which disappointed me since they were apart for most of the previous book too. This time, it's because they both have important jobs to do in different areas, and Tristan can't really leave the palace for certain reasons. And even when the two are together, they're mostly arguing or debating on what the best course of action is. Where is the chemistry we saw in Hidden Huntress? It seemed to have disappeared in this book, unfortunately.

I liked the fact that Cécile began to act like a leader and make her own decisions. Yes, some of them didn't pan out well at all, but she took the initiative to do something, which is commendable. I wish she could've done more with her powers, though. She's supposed to be an incredibly powerful witch, and yet we barely see her using those powers.

It took me a while to get into this book, because the first third was really slow-paced. It was all talk, no action, and I really don't like excessive discussion about battle strategies and politics and whatnot all laid out in text for us to read. So I did end up skimming parts of it. But after a while, the plot starts to pick up and things start happening. Lots of things! The Winter Queen and Summer King in particular were characters I was really intrigued by.

I don't want to say much about the ending, but it was definitely unexpected. And quite bittersweet - more bitter than sweet, actually. I just really didn't see it coming, and I don't know if it was the right choice for the author to make. You'll see what I mean when you get to it. If you've read either of the previous books in this trilogy, I definitely encourage you to continue on and pick up this one. Warrior Witch is packed with a lot of plot info but also lots of action and suspense and little snippets of romance, too.

*Thank you to Angry Robot for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 3/5

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