Glint by Raven Kennedy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a series I came very close to DNFing. The first few chapters of the first book in the series plus the personality of the main character really rubbed me the wrong way. Thankfully someone I trust told me I would change my mind as I read so I stuck to it and I’m glad I did. So far this has been a very entertaining (if infuriating at times) series.
I loved book 2 for a couple of reasons. The main female character still drives me crazy with how blind she is to Midas’s real intentions and feelings toward her but the character’s growth in this book was very well done if a bit too slow in my opinion. The new male character is also fabulous so far as are other secondary characters (I’m still pissed off about Sel). I still think that some scenes are unnecessary for the development of the plot and the characters (for example; Queen Malina’s sex scene with her “saddle” adds zero to the story and goes on for far too long and Auren often takes off in overdrawn soliloquies that don’t add much to the scene or overall story arc).
I agree with some reviewers that her relationship with the other saddles is perplexing at best. As a writer myself I imagine Kennedy does this to show how kind and empathic Auren really is (and strong under her layer of apparent weakness) but it unfortunately also adds up to her image as weak in terms of caring for those who have bullied and abused her in the past.
The surprises were a nice addition to the plot even though I’m sure most readers already suspected at least part of what’s revealed late in book 2.
Despite all the flaws, I am hooked and looking forward to the next book. I am giving this book four stars because of how entertaining it is despite the darkness of its theme.