Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

16221851Rating: 2 stars

The beautiful cover, interesting title, and vague blurb made me want to read this. It had potential, but it didn’t live up to it. At first I thought it would be good. There were two cities, one dark and one light. Dark and light magicians depended on each other, but the light magicians oppressed the dark ones. Lucie had a secret past in the dark and was now dating Ethan who was from a powerful light family. Turns out Ethan had his own dark secret, but it all went downhill from there.

The first and last 20% were alright, but everything in between was boring. There was barely any action. A considerable amount of page time was spent on Lucie reminiscing about her past. It was repetitive and unnecessary since it had no impact on her actions. More time could have been used on world building. It was explained well enough for the story to make sense, but there was no history or deeper explanations for it.

The characters made this an epic failure. Lucie was in a unique position to try to right the wrongs of their society or at least bring public attention to those issues, but she did nothing. She avoided conflict at all costs, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but she did it to the point where she would not stand up for herself at all. Lucie said and did everything that was expected of her regardless of her personal beliefs. She abandoned some people without much regret to make her new life in the light easier. The good things about her were not enough to offset her faults.

Ethan had to be the dullest character ever! He had about as much personality as a pet rock. Since he was so lame, it was all the more irritating when Lucie constantly reminisced about how perfect and wonderful he was. Ethan was a good guy but was so boring. Lucie and Ethan were supposed to be some kind of epic love, but it was hard to believe since they both withheld important info from the other.

The only other character with significant page time was Carwyn. He was Ethan’s doppleganger. I should have known right then and there this was going to be disastrous. In my experience dopplegangers aren’t a good thing, and this book did nothing to dissuade me of that notion. Carwyn was the only character with any personality. At first he was a smart ass, but I liked him. Then he just turned into a dick, and by the end of the book he changed again. The changes in him didn’t make sense and were weird. Carwyn was the only character with any appeal.

I am glad I actually finished this because the end was decent. I really enjoyed Carwyn’s role. Some things tied together in an unexpected way. If I had been invested in the characters throughout the book, the ending would have had a deeper impact.

I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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