Title: Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 6th, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Luckily, Empress of All Seasons ended up being a surprise for me, I didn’t go into it with very high expectations based on some things I heard about it beforehand. I didn’t end up loving this book, I did have some issues with it, especially the lack of one of the characters redemption arc at the end of the book.
It was great getting to see our other main characters from the previous two books, and getting to meet some wonderful new ones. I really enjoy getting to see all of them work together, and see how their paths would play out throughout the course of the story.
I actually did end up liking the characters, I did enjoy both Mari and Akira’s characters, but my favorite was surprisingly Taro. Mari was a great character, this book did avoid having a love triangle because where Akira is in love with her, she is upfront about the fact that she doesn’t return his feeling. One of the things that I had issue with was the timeline of the book, there were quite a few time jumps into the future, and the competition only takes place over the course of a few days. I wish the competition had been drawn out more over a larger period of time.
Even though I enjoyed it, I did have some issues with the romance, it definitely suffers from insta-love, this is due to the timeline of which the books takes place. Mari and Taro’s introduction to each other happened too late into the book, the romance would have been better suited for more than one book.
The biggest issue I had with this book is the ending, there was one scene that I was not a fan of. Then there is a battle at the end of the book, but then theirs a final enemy left who’s defeat was left unseen. I was close to the end of the book, and it looked like their might be another book, but then were essentially told about the events of the final battle and what happened after all in the course of the epilogue, which I think was about three pages long. Regardless of the end being a fail for me, I will be reading more from Emiko Jean in the future.