I am on racing to get through all of these books (as well as my TBR pile) so I can get to the fifth book, Blood Lands of the Savage Lands series. I had a momentary dip in faith during Dead Lands, but Stacey Marie Brown brought me straight back to the fold with Bad Lands. If you’re curious about what I thought about Savage Lands, Wild Lands, and Dead Lands, feel free to read my reviews!
First, let me tell you a little bit about what happened in this book (there will be spoilers for those who haven’t read the first three).
Brexley is faced with the heartrending reality that she has likely lost what makes her special. The tether she feels to Farkas and Scorpion is gone — but her uncle is alive. Somehow. A balance was struck, and magic she doesn’t understand has claimed its price. The questions she has are starting to feel like they’ll never be answered. Worst, she starts to worry that without her gift, she is nothing. To no one. She holds the most powerful object in the universe in her hands, making her the target of yet more pain and chaos. She’s drawn back into the crosshairs, plummeted into a world she’d rather forget, and left to wonder how she’ll survive.
For those of you who read my last review for Wild Lands, you know that my biggest complaint was redundancy. I was starting to feel like I was reading the same story over and over again. If the fourth book followed the same formula I knew I wouldn’t be inclined to finish the series. Fortunately, those concerns proved to be completely unfounded. Whatever formula Brown had been adhering to before had been turned upside down and given a good shake.
The story really came to life to me in this book. The character development was so much more real and raw. This, by far, is the grittiest of all of the books in my opinion. Not in the sense that there is violence or suffering — I mean that in the sense that we are taken to uncomfortable places emotionally. We are on this journey with Brexley and her friends, we are feeling our hearts ache and break for Farkas. We feel the sting of betrayal, longing for a simpler life.
This, I think, is my favorite of the series thus far. I’m greatly looking forward to seeing what the next books have in store!
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