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In the Ravenous Dark, by A.M. Strickland

laureading's review

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2.0

2.5☆ La construcción del mundo y el sistema de magia me atraparon inmediatamente, los personajes interesantes y creíbles cerraron el contrato. Mis expectativas se dispararon... pero nunca imaginé que una trama tan prometedora sería tan mal llevada. La historia se vino cuesta abajo. DNFed al 76%.

__vy's review

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adventurous dark mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

eunicez's review

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adventurous dark medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

sarahsxbooks's review

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adventurous dark emotional funny mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

ancsanna's review

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adventurous dark mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.5

leahta11's review against another edition

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3.75

This story is a wild trip.

sleeplessnights's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional hopeful mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0

devynsbookshelf's review

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adventurous dark emotional tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0

cyndqls's review

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2.0

whooooo boy.

rep wise, this was really great, and i thought the magic and setting, while a bit underdeveloped, were interesting and fun.

i really wanted to like this one, and instead i feel mostly just... meh about it, in part because there were some pacing issues and in part because i wanted to strangle pretty much all of the characters.

in terms of general plot it was pretty standard ya fantasy: main character is a bit of an underdog, gets fucked over by evil king, plans to bring down evil king. the execution of the plot felt very messy and definitely wanted to be at least a duology just for some breathing room and expansion, which i think would have also allowed for better development of character dynamics and relationships, which i found to be one-note and underdeveloped, and i never really bought into the love they had for each other even though i could see that with more room to expand i could see how they'd get there.

my real issue is the characters, who were definitely ya characters in that they were Cool and Edgy and Rich and they were callous in a way that wasn't really all that interesting, just a little irritating? and it was fairly unpleasant to live in rovan's head—she was unlikable and not in the "she's a huge bitch and i love her" way, because many times she just read as drunk and whiny? perhaps this is an ungenerous assessment, but she was deeply frustrating to deal with. the romance was fun but to me almost came out of nowhere, though i'm finding in general i have a strong preference for slow burn unless there is a pre-established relationship dynamic, like childhood friends or ex-lovers or what have you. and while this is actually a general problem i have with ya, i just didn't feel like any of the adults were adults? it felt like they were the same age as the main cast, except a smidgen haughtier.

ultimately i think i wanted this to be an adult duology written in the third person, because i think this would have benefited from the distance that third person provides (see: ivrilos' chapter) and the complexity of adult fantasy. i really thought this one was for me but it fell a bit short; you win some and you lose most, i find, but i do think i have a couple of people i could confidently recommend this to, since many of my issues are personal ones/personal preferences.

rabelais's review against another edition

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  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

really excellent. polyamory and relationship anarchy, even