Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

DNF at 72%
Read in December 2019/January 2020
Book #1 in the Of Fire and Stars series

Did not finish at 72%.

Kind of bummed to have started 2020 like this, but I began this book on December 8th and still hadn’t finished it as of January 5th. Although the holidays left little time for reading, I normally would have gotten through at least 2-3 books by now.

I really wanted to enjoy this story. Two princesses falling in love… a mysterious political assassination that isn’t all it seems to be… secret fire magic with major consequences if it’s discovered… what isn’t to like?

Unfortunately, this book is soooo slow. Every time I sat down to read, I’d make it 3-5 pages before getting sleepy. Although Coulthurst isn’t a bad writer, per se, her writing definitely is not compelling.

I enjoyed our two MC’s, Denna and Mare, though their voices were not very distinguishable in a dual 1st person POV book. The worldbuilding, particularly the magic system, was lacking.

I tried my best to power through the rest of the book, and I just… it’s time to move on and give some other books some love. Maybe I’ll go back and try to finish it one day…

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