I know some people who love it because of the lack of romance. Some readers thought the romance in Daughter of Smoke and Bone was too typical insta-love YA. So, they thought it was more realistic when Karou & Akiva separated, because their love was unbelievable. I agree, and I liked the part where Karou explains to herself that what Karou had for Akiva was infatuation rather than love.

I want to continue reading to see how the tone of the third book will go. Will it continue to be full of despair and sorrow or will there be a more hopeful tone?