State of Sorrow – Book Review

State of Sorrow Book Cover State of Sorrow
Melinda Salisbury
Fantasy, Young Adult
Scholastic UK
March 1st 2018
Hardback (Fairyloot Exclusive)

Sorrow - for that is all she brings us.

A people laid low by grief and darkness.
A cut-throat race for power and victory.
A girl with everything and nothing to lose…

By day, Sorrow governs the Court of Tears, covering for her grief-maddened father, who has turned their once celebrated land into a living monument for the brother who died before she was born.

By night, she seeks solace in the arms of the boy she's loved since childhood. But one ghost won't stop haunting her, and when enemies old and new close ranks against her, Sorrow must decide how far she's willing to go to win...

To this day, State of Sorrow is one of the only books I have read from a book box.

I love this book with all my heart. I ADORE MEL SALISBURY SO MUCH. as soon as I heard about State of Sorrow, I knew I would love it. Needless to say that when a special edition of this book was included in one of my Fairyloot boxes, I squeed. Hard.

Let’s start with the world building. Oh my goodness it is so vast and detailed. I loved learning about the areas on either side of the divided world. I’m sure there will be more to discover (OR AT LEAST I HOPE SO!) It is one of the things I adore about Salisbury, she KNOWS how to create incredible worlds. Different parts of the land have their own traits and politics and god. I love it so much. It made me feel closely connected with the world and I did not want to leave.

Another point I love about this book is the politics. They are super gripping and powerful and to see how things progress.. it made the book super captivating. Usually, politics bore me. However, the ones that are in State of Sorrow, wow.

The characters in this book…..

THE CHARACTERS IN THIS BOOK. Holy crap. They are so bloody brilliant. I love how much depth every single character has, even the smallest side characters. All of them are just so utterly incredible and gosh… amazing. Just amazing.

Sorrow, the main female protagonist of State of Sorrow is so beautifully intricate and so enjoyable to read about. The story took Sorrow through some troubling challenges and choices. At the same time, she had to figure out who she really is. But despite all this, she was strong and was not afraid to seek advice from her friends. Sorrow also had to deal with the politics of her country.

Irris, Sorrow’s best (and only) friend is also super adorable. Even though she would rather go university to study, she stays with Sorrow to help her through tough times. Undeniably loyal. Their friendship is so heartwarming.

I also adore Luvian Fen. He is a cocky, quirky character who I couldn’t help but love. The interactions with him and Sorrow are enjoyable to read and highly amusing. He’s wonderful. In a way, I would be willing to say that he was, in fact, my favorite character in the book!

Overall, this book has the right amount of world building and character progression that I have come to love about Mel Salisbury. Outstanding, intricate and so good.

I cannot WAIT for the next book!

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