Book Review: State Of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury

Hey Guys!

Its Saturday and it is book review time! You should all be very thankful that this review is going up on time since I literally got home from Paris 12 hours ago and had to quickly get this typed up and ready before passing out. anyway, todays review is for State Of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury. Let’s do this.


Oh my god! That was intense. I had honestly forgotten how much I love Melinda Salisbury’s writing. She is just so good at creating complex worlds that truly work! I love it! and this new world is so good. It is clearly so very complex and so interesting and we have only just started to scrap the surface of it in this book. We know only the basis of the world and yet I am already hooked!

Not only is the world in this book incredible, so is the story. so many twists and turns! Considering that there isn’t a whole lot of fantasy in this book, it still really drew me in and kept my attention like a high fantasy. The story just kept flipping and changing. I will admit that I did predict the first major plot twists right from the off and had an inkling about another later one, but everything else kept me guessing. I didn’t know what to expect one page to the next. There was just so much going on and it all kept being flipped on its head. Everything that I thought was truth was challenged in the next chapter. It was brilliant. it has been a long time since a book has kept me on my toes like this.

I also loved how political it was. I knew that Salisbury had mentioned that it was political, but I wasn’t expecting it to be like this. It is such a complex political system. You can see influences of so many real life political systems in it and I think that is why it works so well. Because there is an air of familiarity to it. there are elements of it that you recognise and it makes it easy to understand the rest of the system. But it isn’t just the literal politics. There is also so much political stuff happening between the characters. so much scheming and manipulating. I loved it. I really loved how it influenced the characters and the way in which they interacted with one another.

And speaking of the characters, I really liked them. I will admit that Sorrow did anno me at times. She was just a bit whinny and childish about some situations, and a bit self-absorbed…and sometimes a bit stupid. But for the most part I liked her. she was just a very smart and resilient character. No matter what was thrown at her, she always picked herself p and fought back. And I really liked that. it made her a really good leading character. Yet another strong female character by Salisbury.

I did also really like most of the secondary characters. I adore Luvian. He is just so sarcastic and witty, but also smart and charming. He is the type of character that I am guaranteed to love. I also liked Iris, again, another brilliant female. Smart, and strong but also feminine and willing to fight. I am also very intrigued by Vespus and Mael. There is clearly so much more to them both. I need to know their stories!

All in all, I really enjoyed this book. Yes, it was a little bit predictable at the start but for the most part it kept me on the edge of my seat. I had forgotten how much I love Melinda Salisbury. I cannot wait for the second part in this (I believe) duology.

star 4.54.5 out of 5

And there we have it. I really enjoyed this book. I was a bit hesitant going into it as I wasn’t sure if it would live up to Salisbury’s other work (the Sin Eaters Daughter trilogy which is one of my all-time favs) but it did. Have you read this one yet? What did you think about it? I hope that you have enjoyed today’s post and I will see you all again very soon.


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