Paperback, 576 Pages
Adult/ Epic Fantasy
By: Jen Williams
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/4
“Beginnings and endings, flesh and bone, ink and paper. These are what stories are made of. Have we come to the ending yet?”
The Ninth Rain ★★★★
The Bitter Twins ★★★★
The Poison Song ★★★★ 1/4
The Winnowing Flame trilogy is definitely an underrated series! Book three only has around 1000 ratings on GR and I think that is a crime! These books check all the right boxes from the absolutely gorgeous covers to the fluent prose and characterization bleeding off the pages. It does even have animal companions with super powers so it can not get better than that! Darlings, if you haven’t read this series yet do yourself a favor and start with it asap!
The Poison Song continues the story after the events of the second book, it certainly does have the strongest beginning so far and just jumps into action from the start. The book then goes on to continue the story and tie up all the previous threads while adding more characters and backstories!
I love Williams writing because it is just unique and she has her own powerful voice that is specially prevalent when it comes to writing characters. I don’t think there is a single character that I hated because they’re all realistic and fleshed out. Lady Vintage is certainly one hell of a lady and I think she deserves a spot on one of my favorite characters of all time. The book does jump between the characters as each go on their own journey but there was never a dull moment because the flow was just immaculate!
And the Warbeasts are also awesome as hell! I always wanted to read a book with companions like these, we literally have dragons breathing fires and shooting thunderbolts, a giant bat with ice beams, flying cat and an acid throwing hybrid creature and this is not an exhaustive list! It kind of gave me Pokemon vibes and I really loved that! I wish we had more books with creatures like those!
I still think the world-building is eccentric and unlike anything I read before and I live for such creativity. The bugs, the oozing creatures and aliens are a nice surprise that I never saw coming before reading the books but is certainly something I enjoyed and was invested in. As in all books, the second half was better than the half one but the second half of this book wraps the whole trilogy not only the book itself which puts it on a whole new level!
Summary: I enjoyed the hell out of this series! There was a perfect mix of all the right elements and it was such an addicting read. It is a very underrated series and I think it is worth investing the time -and money- in! I hope we visit this world again sometime and I will keep an eye on whatever the author comes up with next!