This one was fine! I liked the ending much better than I liked the first third or so. It was just, it was a lot of dramadrama, lots of characters, court politics, feelings, like a fairyland prime-time soap opera, and there’s a reason I don’t watch those anymore. But I did get pulled in as soon as Jude and Cardan started to interact more in a real way, because I am nothing if not a sucker for well-done enemies to lovers, and that part of this book was very well done.
As others have noted, Taryn sucks. I couldn’t understand the hate for that character when I was midway through the book, but by the end I got it. I mean, obviously SPOILERS fuck Locke, but she full well knew her sister was falling for the asshole and that she was betraying her by not telling her what was really going on. Plus why would you want to marry that guy???? Girl has terrible taste and is also kind of a doormat END SPOILERS.
I probably would have rounded this 3.5 stars up to four if I hadn’t done the audiobook. Maybe I would have liked it a full four stars worth. I didn’t dislike the narrator, but I didn’t like her either and I think that may have affected my perception of the story.