Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the Emperor’s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies. She knows she could be the best in the world, if only someone would give her a chance.
But everything changes when the mysterious and eccentric River Shara, the greatest explorer ever known, arrives in her village and demands to hire Kamzin—not her older sister Lusha, as everyone had expected—for his next expedition. This is Kamzin’s chance to prove herself—even though River’s mission to retrieve a rare talisman for the emperor means climbing Raksha, the tallest and deadliest mountain in the Aryas. Then Lusha sets off on her own mission to Raksha with a rival explorer who is determined to best River, and Kamzin must decide what’s most important to her: protecting her sister from the countless perils of the climb or beating her to the summit.
The challenges of climbing Raksha are unlike anything Kamzin expected—or prepared for—with avalanches, ice chasms, ghosts, and even worse at every turn. And as dark secrets are revealed, Kamzin must unravel the truth of their mission and of her companions—while surviving the deadliest climb she has ever faced.
I’m so torn on this book review….like….legit torn…this one is really hard for me to sit down and write. Mostly because I DNF’d it & I didn’t see that coming at all. It completely blindsided me.
Even the Darkest Stars started out SO SO SO SO SO GOOD! I was completely head over heels in love. It was the perfect amount of fantasy, witchcraft, mystery, paranormal goodness. I loved every single second of it and I was devouring every single page.
Another thing that I absolutely adored about this book was the fact that it wasn’t straightforward, meaning that I thought that one thing was going to happen and then something completely different occurred. This happened more than once. I LOVE it when books are unpredictable!
The point where Kamzin and River head on their journey to the mountain is when things started to get a little…………………boring. The best way that I can describe their journey is that horrifically long wood scene in the last Harry Potter book. There was zero action, and it just went on and on and on. I made it over 60% of the way through this book & I would say that they started their journey around 15-20% of the way through the book. So that’s a long duration of boring.
I was also torn between not only Kamzin, but also the love triangle that seemed to be going on (as well as the not so great romance choices.) First, I wasn’t a fan of Kamzin’s character. She just didn’t work for me at all. I found her whiny and just…it’s hard to explain. I just really didn’t like her. I also HIGHLY dislike love triangles in my books. Not to mention the fact that I didn’t really think that much of either of those boys. There was nothing that drew me to them or made me swoon. I just found them rather lacking.
In the end, I decided to put this one down because it got to the point where I would rather not read rather than continue to push through their disastrously boring adventure. I am choosing NOT to rate this book because, honestly, it really did start out very strong. I thought, for sure, that I was going to end up rating this book a solid 5 stars. I was highly caught off guard that wasn’t cause.
Overall, this one was not for me.