Thumbs down for The Curse of Saints by Kate Dramis. Romantic fantasy.
Well, I’ll start with the good part: Dramis can put words together pretty well. Unfortunately, there are too many of them and they aren’t doing the right things. The main character is one-dimensional (being angry and grief-ridden does not a character make), and her love interest is supposed to be dark and brooding, I guess? But he is deeply generic, as is the setting. The political intrigue is handled in uninteresting infodumps—and why is everyone in important positions under the age of 25? Just no. Everything lacks in impact and the characters cycle around the same unchanging emotional beats over and over. Easy to read but tedious. Hard pass.
‘I hear you had an interesting evening.’ Tova raised a perfectly arched eyebrow as she took a sip of her drink. The firelight danced across her pale face, a constant flush of pink beneath—as if the warmth of her fire as an Incend was always just below the surface. ‘Nice to see you got the gore off you.’
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