by Danielle L. Jensen
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The thrilling conclusion to the breakout Malediction Trilogy by Goodreads Choice finalist Danielle L. Jensen.
Cécile and Tristan have accomplished the impossible, but their greatest challenge remains: defeating the evil they have unleashed upon the world.
As they scramble for a way to protect the people of the Isle and liberate the trolls from their tyrant king, Cécile and Tristan must battle those who'd see them dead. To win, they will risk everything. And everyone.
But it might not be enough. Both Cécile and Tristan have debts, and they will be forced to pay them at a cost far greater than they had ever imagined.
Warrior Witch was one of my most anticipated releases of 2016, and I was sadly let down. Immensely. I fell madly in love with the first book, Stolen Songbird. With the second book, I was devastated that Cecile and Tristan were apart, but they each stood on their own and I loved how the story become mysteriously intriguing. So I have been ecstatically counting down the days until I could find out how the story would end. But Warrior Witch was missing everything that I had previously fallen in love with. And that’s not even the worst part. Worst of all was that ending. That ending left me completely unsatisfied and utterly depressed.
✮Cecile Was Cruel and Illogical – I adored the risks Cecile previously took! Yes, she could be rash, but given her situations I would have done the same. So I expected that there would be a moment or few that involved Cecile’s rash or clever thinking. Yet what I found instead was two instances where she was cruel and illogical. And the Cecile I had admired wouldn’t purposely send someone in harm or deaths way. Yet she does. She put others at risk without a second thought of the consequences. And that angered me and left a bad taste in my mouth. The worst was the tent scene, that made me livid.
✮A Separated Couple – I was so excited with how Hidden Huntress ended! Cecile and Tristan together again. A united front. I had desperately missed their chemistry, and I was looking forward to all of their moments together in Warrior Witch. Oh, how I wish someone would have warned me. It felt as though they were apart and fighting separately for more than half the book. And the moments they were together lacked passion. It lacked their banter and their chemistry, and I kept hoping that the next time they’d be together that it would resurface. Yet it never did. I never got a glimpse of the couple I had previously fallen head over heels in love with.
✮A Happily Ever After that was NOT – What lead up to that ending was utterly depressing and heartbreaking. So no, I was not okay with that ending. It felt as though they were cheated out of so much happiness. And that left me feeling angry, depressed and so lost. And the “fix” to try to make this story have a HEA felt like a slap in the face. Was that supposed to make everything that happened before disappear in my eyes? Was that supposed to make me feel happy? Because it didn’t. It only made me even more depressed because of an element that happened near the end. That whole ending gutted me, and I hated every part of it.
I could continue this list to include the story-line being all over the place, to questions about certain characters powers, and plenty more, but I’m ready to step away from this series. Because this book let me down in every single way possible. I lost respect for a heroine that I loved, I failed to see why I had fallen for them as a couple, I can’t even talk about how Tristan plummeted off of my book-boyfriend list, and that ending left me feeling utterly depressed. So no, I can no longer recommend The Malediction Trilogy. Not at all.
PS If you’re still curious and want to read Warrior Witch then you HAVE to re-read or skim the previous books. There are no recaps or hints to what happened in the past. The aren’t references to how a character tied into their past. If you don’t have solid information for what previously happened, then you will most likely feel lost.
*ARC kindly provided by Angry Robot Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
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Stolen Songbird #1
Hidden Huntress #2
Hidden Huntress #3