Wednesday, August 22

Review: State of Sorrow (Sorrow #1)

State of Sorrow (Sorrow #1)
Melinda Salisbury

Published By: Scholastic
Publication Date: March 1, 2018
Date Read: July 9, 2018
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 464

From Goodreads:
Sorrow - for that is all she brings us.

A people laid low by grief and darkness.
A cut-throat race for power and victory.
A girl with everything and nothing to lose…

By day, Sorrow governs the Court of Tears, covering for her grief-maddened father, who has turned their once celebrated land into a living monument for the brother who died before she was born.

By night, she seeks solace in the arms of the boy she's loved since childhood. But one ghost won't stop haunting her, and when enemies old and new close ranks against her, Sorrow must decide how far she's willing to go to win...

Be swept away by the dark and dangerous new world from Melinda Salisbury, bestselling author of The Sin Eater's Daughter trilogy.

State of Sorrow is a book that has been on my radar for a while. I have read Melinda Salisbury's prior series, The Sin Eater's Daughter, and really loved it. When I heard that she was releasing another YA Fantasy book I couldn't wait to read it. I really wish I had loved this book as much as I did the previous series but I was actually quite disappointed by this one.

State of Sorrow follows Sorrow, the daughter of the Chancellor of Rhannon. Her father is grief-stricken and drug-fuelled which leaves Sorrow in charge, but suddenly she finds her long-dead brother has returned from the grave and is challenging her for the role of Chancellor. With political leaders from the surrounding countries giving pressure and influence Sorrow starts to doubt just what actually happened before she was born and who is this person who calls himself her brother?

I really wanted to love this book. I am a huge fan of Melinda's storytelling. She has a beautiful writing style and her storyline and characters are always phenomenal. And this didn't change in this book. There was so much I liked about this book. The world-building was fantastic and I loved the characters, especially Sorrow and her forbidden romantic relationship with someone from one of the surrounding countries. These are all things I love in novels. So why was I disappointed I hear you ask? This book was slow... and I mean sssssllllllllooooooooooowwwwwww. Honestly, I surprised myself by finishing it as usually with slow books I abandon them, and I almost did with this one but because of my love of Melinda I was determined to continue.

State of Sorrow has a very intriguing storyline that I was very interested in. My main issue is this book is overtaken by the political aspects of the world. I am not in any way, shape or form a fan of politics. I try to stay far from it and I get bored with overly-political storylines and that's what made my mind wander when reading this book. I found myself not wanting to read this book at all but once I picked it up I did enjoy it. It was quite an odd reading experience.

I wanted to love State of Sorrow but unfortunately this one just wasn't for me. Depending on the reviews there is a potential that I will read the follow up but I won't be in a rush to get it. If you love fantasy worlds with lots of political intrigue then you will love this book. If you don't like political books then this one should be missed.

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