Please be aware that this review contains some spoilers. Do not continue reading unless you are fine with being spoiled.
If you’ve been following my blog or Instagram for any period of time, chances are you’ve seen me talk about The Medoran Chronicles at some point. I. Love. This. Series. I wasn’t sure I would because the first book felt decidedly middle-grade but with each book Lynette Noni’s writing has improved, the characters have matured, and the story has tightened its hold on me. Graevale is no different.
I was really hesitant about starting this book because I loved Draekora SO much, but I didn’t have anything to worry about. Despite the fact that this book involves a lot of setting up and preparing for battles ahead, I didn’t find myself bored at any stage, and the pacing was steady and satisfying.
There were two line-level things that kept drawing my attention. The first was the repeated use of the paragraph break + ellipsis combo.
With her eyes still adjusting to the darkness, Alex let out a startled yelp when she collapsed onto her bed only to discover it wasn’t cushiony like it should have been.
… Because someone else was lying on it.
It loses some of its impact here because of the formatting on my blog, but in the book that second line also has a regular paragraph indent. For me, the line break, paragraph indent, and fact that the information is on a line of its own is more than enough to tell me that this is an important sentence. The addition of the ellipsis feels like frantically waving for attention when we’ve already nodded an acknowledgement.
The second thing was also a repeated dramatic element. Before a few really important lines, there was something like, ‘All she offered were six words, but they spoke volumes. [insert six words here]’ Rather than forcing me to focus on the words that were about to be delivered, I got distracted by the foreshadowing and found myself counting the words each time to make sure they matched the line above.
A lot of people will probably read this and think that I’m nitpicking. And yes, I am but both of these devices were used multiple times and they abruptly interrupted my focus more than once so I felt it was worth mentioning.
Back to the good stuff now. I’m glad that some of my favourite characters still got a good amount of time in the spotlight despite circumstances being drastically different from Draekora. I’m SUPER happy that we got to see some more of Medora and find out how the other races interact with each other as well as how they exist separately.
I will not say anything too revealing about the traumatic ending, but I was crying for QUITE A WHILE and had to immediately message Lynette and demand answers. I’ve kind of come to terms with it now and I understand but it still hurts. Which is exactly what I want in a book. With those line-level things I mentioned above, this is probably more like a 4.95 star rating for me, but CLOSE ENOUGH. I LOVED IT.
I was provided with a copy of this book by Pantera Press in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and are in no way impacted by the author or publisher.