Rating : 10/10
This little gem was one of the most epic, emotional, bittersweet and satisfactory Fantasy series I’ve had the pleasure to read !
I took some time to process and gather
the scattered pieces of my heart my thoughts before writing a decent review. But, nope. Going through my notes and quotes didn’t really help… If anything, it only stirred and amplified the feelings I had developed reading Wrath ! A week after I finished the book, all I wanted to do was to curl up and re-read the whole series because I still couldn’t say goodbye.
“It will be a dark day, a bloody day, a proud day, for this is the day of our wrath.”
I would like to start by thanking John Gwynne for delivering such a powerful, moving and yet simple, story and for being the humble and nice guy he is ! We exchanged a few messages after I finished Wrath and it only confirmed all the nice things his readers say about him (work ethics, kindness and taking the time to interact with his readers). Please take a look at my friend Petrik’s excellent interview with John Gwynne to know more about this author.
Now to go back to the book, Wrath has finally glued back together all the pieces of my heart its predecessors had blasted! I’m not saying that this was a light or fluffy read! It definitely wasn’t ! To be honest, the tension was almost unbearable at times ! But there was more relief than in the previous books and I was fist pumping half of the time! The book alternated between happy and heartbreaking moments, and I often found myself torn between laughter and tears.
In such dark times as these it was heartwarming to see such love.
Wrath, and The Faithful and the Fallen in general, was a magical journey ! Emotional without turning melodramatic. Filled with :
➳ Amazing , well developed characters that I grew to love (or hate, depending on their nature) and ache for.
‘Because you saved my life, even though it put yours at risk. Because you stayed for your friend, when you could have run. Because these people here ran through the length of Forn to find you, (…) risked death, all for you. That speaks a thousand words. Because there is something about you.’
➳ precisely depicted, exciting, mind-blowing battles scenes.
➳ a multitude of life lessons and acts of valor that reminded me that everyone, no matter their sexe or position or age or size, can make a difference and is capable of excellence.
‘I’ll never walk that path, not for oath, love nor friendship.’
➳ humour, in the darkest times and most unexpected places !
Says a lot when you’ve come to trust a crow on matters of life and death.
Gwynne wrote memorable and despicable vilain characters with the same talent he wrote honorable and lovable characters ! All human passions were represented and this book was filled with reflections on human duality, on what it means to grow up, face hard choices and live with those choices, on the importance of trust and loyalty and friendship.
‘All will die, but not all live.’
Halfway through the book, so many plots needed closure and I was seriously wondering if this book was indeed the last of the series! However, John masterfully wrapped up things in the most satisfying way (for me) and the last 200 pages were a fantastic, breathtaking ride !
In a sentence, this was exactly what I want my Fantasy to look like !
And, this is my friends, another rare series that joins my perfect series list, including :
✯✯✯✯✯ Stormlight Archive, by Brandon Sanderson.
✯✯✯✯✯ Mistborn, by Brandon Sanderson.
✯✯✯✯✯ Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling (and nope, I’m not counting HP and the Cursed Child! That book has never happened as far as I’m concerned).
Review by Haïfa.
Read in March, 2017.