I very much enjoyed the first 40%. The set up/world building. Aenor and her discussions with Gina. Her kidnapping. I was intrigued. It flowed well and I wanted to find out exactly where this tale would lead me....
Hmmm, then things began to unravel and small seeds of annoyance were sown.
The pure stereotypes of Lyr's guards - the machiavellian nature/ threats - they came across as one note and a little stupid, and way sexist.
Aenor should have begun emerging as a righteous, kick ass heroine that I wanted to succeed. But she too became very repetitive and one note in her thoughts and actions. And her worry about Gina - who she's known for 2 years - it seemed a little over the top. And she readily embraces Stockholm syndrome and develops feelings for Lyr - the keeper of so many secrets it began to get ridiculous. Like clockwork every twenty / thirty pages another secret Lyr was keeping would be revealed that would rock Aenor's world.
Meanwhile, she is getting more and more power-hungry - I want my powers back, I want to control the sea - oh, poor Gina, I must save her, I want to sleep with Lyr, no, he keeps secrets - AND REPEAT.
The whole plot began to unravel and started to seem stupid. The chase. The search. Repetitive and a little boring.
I really did like the first half of the book - but neither the story, nor the characters went in a direction I could respect. I won't be carrying on with this series.
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