I enjoyed Teeth of the Gods not only enough to finish it, but to buy the next book. It's fantasy, with a thought-out magic system, a love interest, and a quest, but it feels different from any fantasy I've ever read. The world is nothing like traditional fantasy worlds; the main character isn't a nobody, she isn't trying to save the world, and the characters aren't white. Also, events sometimes surprised me, especially at the end. I didn't see that coming at all. The writing is smooth and pleasant to read, has few errors, and only once or twice did I pause because I was confused about the situation, minor instances along the lines of 'if she's back to back with this person, how can she look in his eyes.' That's not an exact example, but the kind of thing I mean.
Some things in the story were eye-rollingly (new word) predictable, like, anything Tylira did once I realized she really was a completely selfish, immature, ungrateful little snot. There's a reason no one likes her. This is my biggest hang-up with the story. She's supposed to be this way, it's not a flaw of writing, but it still made the book difficult for someone like me to enjoy. I think there was a little character growth, or at least she thought so, but she has a long, long way to go before she'll become a person I could sit down for dinner with and not be tempted to catapult something hot and saucy at her with my spoon. This leaves me wondering about the love interest. Why does he love her, exactly? She doesn't even have a sense of humor.
So, why am I reading a series about a girl I don't like? I guess the rest of the story made up for that. I'm curious about what will happen. The world is interesting. I wonder if the protagonist will change, and if she does, how will that effect change in the world since her insufficiencies have many implications and are central to the plot in more ways than I can explain without spoiling? I like the love interest, find him relatable even though I don't understand why he likes Tylira. I do wish I could be inside his head for a minute to figure that one out.
Sexual Content: None. Only mild romance.
Language: I can't remember anything foul. They use their own swear words.
Violence: Yes. Most of it isn't super graphic.
Diversity: Yes! Big high five for diversity.
Overall Plot/Message: The entire plot is pushed forward by the selfish desires of the protagonist. There is an unpredictable twist, and everything makes sense, so it was well done even if not exactly 'good'. If there's a message, it's 'Selfish actions feel good in the moment but their end is the way of death.' Sounds like a Bible verse.
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