Reviews: Masks Of Aygrima

Flawed but well written and enjoyable

I really enjoy this trilogy. It's set in an interesting world, with a plot that keeps itself interesting, and a main character with a unique and interesting internal struggle. One thing of note before going into more detail, there is a sort of formula that I've noticed in young adult trilogies, specifically in Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner that this book does follow. I won't go into detail but the biggest similarities exist in the general plot progression, the way the hero fits in the world (being separate from most of normal society in some way), and the fact that all of them have a similar twist at some point in the third book. This is important to how I talk about the books.

The Good: The writing style is pretty good and it accentuates the main character's thoughts. The main character is likeable and has an interesting internal struggle (specifically trying not to go insane due to her powers), the world is interesting and well thought out, especially when it comes to magic. While it does follow the previously mentioned formula it takes liberties in terms of when some plot points are reached and how they are executed, which makes it feel more unique.

The Bad: The reliance on the formula can make the plot somewhat predictable. The huge amount of focus on main character takes away from the secondary characters who fall Out of Focus a lot despite having interesting personalities and goals. The focus on the main character's desire for romance comes off as tacked on and not well thought out and leads to an extremely creepy and somewhat random moment in the second book involving the character Chell. The books are very dark to the point of being somewhat obnoxious.

The book as some big flaws but it's still a compelling story with an engaging plot and main character, I would recommend it to any young adult readers.