Total Hours to Read: 22 hours and 32 minutes
--Average pages per minute for the series: 1.53
Romance: There is some light romance here and there starting in the second book. There are both heterosexual and homosexual relationships. The romance is very rarely a focus, and never anything super mushy. I actually found the romance to be just the right amount, well-written, and very touching. (The majority of it is in The King of Attolia and Return of the Thief.)
Language: There is some throughout, ranging from moderate use (mostly of the word d**n) to none depending on which book you are reading.
Violence/Gore: There is definitely some violence, including battles, wars, murders, torture, and even miscarriage. Things are described well but not dwelled on, and things are never described in such a way as to scare or horrify the reader.
Thoughts: I was so excited to finish the series after all these years! I was celebrating my sister's birthday right before the final book was published, so in the week I had left I needed to read all five previous books again to be ready for the final installment. After reading almost nothing for the past many months after being devastated by the ending of the Throne of Glass series, I ended up reading all five books in four days.
This series has long been my favorite YA fiction series, and I was ecstatic to see it completed after so many years. Gen is one of my favorite all-time characters, and by far the most clever and tricky. Plus, add in all his sass and I would die for him.
I love how each book in the series tells a different person's story, and at the same time, each person's story is really just another piece of Eugenides' story. And finally, everyone is moved around like pieces in a game by Eugenides and the gods in the bigger, over-arching plot. (But of course don't forget that, "If I am the pawn of the gods, it is because they know me so well, not because they make my mind up for me.")
I loved how the gods worked and interacted with the world/people/each other. Their methods and their interactions felt unique to the world Ms. Turner has built.
Speaking of the gods, I loved how Ms. Turner worked the mythology and history of the world into her stories so that it was interesting, insightful, and well-integrated. Her world feels vast, real, and ancient.
From the first book to the last, there is always some new detail that changes your perspective of something you thought you knew already.
Even when you know what Eugenides is gonna do, it still surprises you. But let's be honest, the trickery is top tier, and most of the time you have no clue what's coming next or what Eugenides is up to.
How does she (the author) manage to ALWAYS surprise me?! It's always fresh! NEVER predictable!
The variety and strength of male relationships was refreshing.
Pheris, a character in the final book, has physical disabilities and possibly mental as well. Not only is it nice to change things up a bit, but that means we also get to see sign language coming into the picture as well!
I love the Queens of Eddis and Attolia. They are unique and very different from each other in almost every way, and yet they are both forces to be reckoned with. They love and are loved in their own ways, and exert their power on the world around them like total bosses. They can also be just as subtle and tricky as the men around them, trickier even. (SPOILER>>>>>>>>>> I also love how they come together despite their differences and initial...dislike of each other and work together, finding sympathies and friendship instead of just always hating each other or being catty. <<<<<<<<<<END SPOILER)
I love how women were almost never used to threaten, hurt, or motivate men. In fact, it was almost the opposite, and that was a very refreshing change. The women in these books have real power and agency and it is beautiful.
I also love how the legacy of The Queen's Thief is not passed down only the male line but allowed to be female as well with no extra prejudice or misogyny.
The quality was a pretty consistent 5 stars across all six books.