As Opal, Sal finally has the power, prestige, and most importantly the ability to hunt the lords who killed their family. But Sal has to figure out who the culprits are before putting them down. Which means trying to ignore the fact that Elise is being kept a virtual prisoner, and that the queen may have ulterior motives.
And the tales coming out of north are baffling. Talk of dark spirits, missing children, and magic abound. As Sal heads north toward their ruined homeland and the lords who destroyed everything, they learn secrets and truths that can’t be ignored.
I was so excited to get into this book, after reading the first. It’s about what happens after the assassin competition. I was interested to see how Sal would revenge his family.
There’s an aromantic assassin in this book! I was so happy to see that. It was just awesome.
A huge theme in this book was revenge and portraying why Sal thought revenge was necessary. Through that we got to understand more about their childhood and the events that had shaped them to become the person they were. We find out what drives Sal and why they act they way they do.
I liked how this book focussed on Sal building relationships with people, letting people get close to them. I loved that we got to know The Left Hand better. I feel like the story could have spent even more time focussing on them, as I thought they were amazing characters.
Some of the reveals were so unexpected. The reader finds out more about minor characters, and slowly you get a more complete feel for the region and its history. I kept rooting for Maud, Sal’s servant, through all the different revels about her character, and I’m happy that she did not disappoint. Definitely one of my favourite characters in this series. She’s so fiery and so loyal to people close to her. The biggest reveal was about Nacea and its people, and I swear, I was so surprised. Also kind of confused at the beginning, and I had to reread that chapter to make sure that I understood exactly what had happened.
I admit that I was definitely annoyed with Elise, Sal’s love interest, and I would have preferred a different ending than the one that she and Sal end up having.
The reader finds out more about the inherent sexism in Erlend and it’s really disgusting. I literally was pulling a face whenever I came across a sexist remark. These remarks were called out in the text.
There were a few unanswered questions that I still had at the end. I would have liked to have known who became the new assassin and also what criteria the queen was looking for to find an heir.
The ending was very symbolic. I liked how it showed history being repeated, and it made me have quite a lot of feelings.
I could not stop reading this book. It was a true page-turner. I finished it in a day.
Ruin of Stars is an amazing sequel. I’m so happy that I had the chance to read it because I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you’re into stories with themes of revenge, assassins, and friendship, I think you will love this book.
Trigger warnings: gore/violence, misgendering, kidnapping, murder, self-harm, classism, sexism.
Have you read Ruin of Stars?