Book Review: The Fragile Thread of Power by V.E. Schwab

My book review on The Fragile Threads of Power by V.E. Schwab.

Title: The Fragile Threads of Power

By: V.E. Schwab

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 648

Release Date: September 26th, 2023

Publisher: Tor Books

Rating: ★★★☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

Once, there were four worlds, nestled like pages in a book, each pulsing with fantastical power, and connected by a single city: London. Until the magic grew too fast, and forced the worlds to seal the doors between them in a desperate gamble to protect their own. The few magicians who could still open the doors grew more rare as time passed and now, only three Antari are known in recent memory―Kell Maresh of Red London, Delilah Bard of Grey London, and Holland Vosijk, of White London.

But barely a glimpse of them have been seen in the last seven years―and a new Antari named Kosika has appeared in White London, taking the throne in Holland's absence. The young queen is willing to feed her city with blood, including her own―but her growing religious fervor has the potential to drown them instead.

And back in Red London, King Rhy Maresh is threatened by a rising rebellion, one determined to correct the balance of power by razing the throne entirely.

Amidst this tapestry of old friends and new enemies, a girl with an unusual magical ability comes into possession of a device that could change the fate of all four worlds.

Her name is Tes, and she's the only one who can bring them together―or unravel it all.


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If you've been around here long enough, you will know how much I hate it when books jump around between characters and time frames. If its not done just right, its very confusing to read.

I love V.E. Schwab, but this was not the book for me. Not saying there won't be others, as Schwab as put out some amazing reads, but I was lost most the time. If I treated the bouncing around like individual stories, I was entertained.

Don't get me wrong, the characters were wonderful and the stories written well. In true Schwab fashion, all these things worked. I was just not thrilled with the bouncing around.

These are my preferences. If you don't mind the back and forth, you will absolutely love this book. I would highly recommend it for you, but for me and my dyslexia, I will stick to the one character plot lines.

3 out of 5 stars from me.

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