Preface: I was given an ARC for this novel by the publisher through NetGalley.
Twitter Summary: I was more interested in the mystery of Alex Marshall than this book.
Amazon Affiliate Link: A Crown for Cold Silver
It’s probably not a good sign that it took to until around the 30 percent mark before I actually cared about this book and any of it’s characters. I almost gave up on the book a few times. That’s a long way in before a book really starts coming together.
To remain consistent, the book had a pretty underwhelming ending. It just sorta stopped. There didn’t appear to be much in the way of resolution. Obviously this is the first book in a series, but no where is that mentioned in the copy. And it sure as heck ain’t Eye of the World, A Wizard’s First Rule, or Warded Man, where there is a definite sense of story arc ending at the end of the book. Yeah, there’s more to it, but those stories show off the author’s ability to finish a story, making me confident than when the next books in the series end on cliffhanger’s there is a plan and a reason. Crown for Cold Silver doesn’t fill me with the same sense of ease.
That’s not to say I don’t like of things in this book. Many of them seem fresh. Gender roles seem chucked out the window. Different cultures have different marriage norms. The old queen gave up when she realized that social justice is hard. There aren’t any mustache twirling villains, because in the fine tradition of GrimDark, everyone is sorta of a messed up individual.
So while this book isn’t bad, and it does have some new fresh ideas, I didn’t find it good. If I was going to recommend some Grimdark I’d go with James A. Moore’s Blasted Lands series, or with Joe Abercrombie.
Final Verdict: I read it. I’m not likely to read the sequel.
Grimdark: Blasted Lands by James A. More, The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie, The Left Hand of God by Paul Hoffman
Fantasy with Badasses: Warded Man by Peter V. Brett, The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Stavely, Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch