Empress of the Fall was advertised by saying it was similar to the Song of Ice and Fire series. I didn’t really take that personally but I’m a huge fan of the series and I though, ‘ Will this really be as good as Song of Ice and Fire?’
I decided it was not. There are only a few reasons for this, though.
I really enjoyed the writing style and it kept me at it even though I really didn’t understand anything of the first chapter. I was in the mood, so I went on reading and it was really good that I did.
I loved the characters. They were so divers and interesting. The cultures I got to know were really fascinating even though it did resemble our current situation around Europa and the Middle East pretty much. So it wasn’t really anything new culture-wise, but the characters and the royal courts, the schemes and wars were fascinating.
What kind of made me give it only 3.5 Ribbons is that there wasn’t really any plot. I was over half of the almost 700 pages and I still couldn’t see where this was going. It seems to me that this book will be part of a bigger series but I still felt a little discouraged by tha fact that the first book was only establishing all the characters.
Even though I enjoyed the characters and their struggles and schemes, my heart wasn’t really in it.
But I can recommend the book to anyone who likes complex settings and places and lot’s of characters. Classic immersive fantasy here. The book will be released on March 9th so go and get yourself a copy and try it out 😉