Arrow is the third book in the Knife series by Canadian author, R.J. Anderson. It was published on January 6th by Orchard and the book is 368 pages long. Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy for review.
Rhosmari has always lived a sheltered life on a series of faerie islands, hidden away from everything and everyone else. The Children of Rhys are unlike the other faeries. The like to keep to themselves and do not condone violence or war at all but when the Stone of Naming is taken from them, Rhosmari knows that something must be done.
Garan, the faery whom Rhosmari was betrothed to has run off to join the rebels, a group of faeries determined to take down the Empress once and for all. Rhosmari knows that finding Garan may be the only hope of getting the Stone of Naming back and saving her home. What Rhosmari doesn't prepare for is the Empress and her spies in the real world. Caught up in a whirlwind of adventure, excitement and loss, Rhosmari still needs to save everyone but how far is she willing to go?
What I thought
The Knife series has been one of my favourites for a long time now, partly due to it being one of the first YA books I read and partly due to its awesomeness. When Orchard asked me to run a giveaway for the newest book, Arrow and to review it, I jumped at the chance.
Rhosmari was a fantastic protagonist. It was nice to see her with other Children of Rhys to begin with as it made a good comparison when she finally made it to the real world. After being hidden away all of her life, Rhosmari has no idea what to expect or how she is even going to manage to find Garan and the Oak. As soon as she began to find her way, she came across as extremely naïve, trusting people far too quickly but I also thought this was believable. Rhosmari never really knew what was happening when she met Martin, who was helping her on her journey so when things didn't go as she planned, I felt extremely sorry for her and wanted to give her a big hug! As the story went on, Rhosmari really began to grow as a character and realise who she was and to starting knowing what she really wanted out of life. I was glad that she stood up for herself and what she believed in throughout and because she was such a strong character, I loved her.
The Empress is certainly a nasty piece of work. At times though, I really doubted just how bad she was. She has a strange kind of charm though which made me think twice about her at times. Being as manipulative as she is, I did always have the thought in the back of my head that she wasn't being as truthful as she was making out to be when talking to Rhosmari. The twists and turns concerning her character were exciting and I was always looking forward to what was coming next because I could never quite figure out what direction she was going to go in.
Arrow has a lot of action scenes so I think that this book would be great for boys as well as girls. The mix of action and romance in Knife and Rebel was one of the main things that I loved about them but this time around, I think I would have liked to have seen a bit more on the romance side. I think that is probably more of a girls' opinion more than anything though but I can see why Anderson kept the mix as it was in order to widen the appeal of the book. While the romance was sweet, I felt like some of it was a little rushed and that Rhosmari and the boy involved didn't spend enough time together.
The previous books in the series explored different aspects of faery lore and we get something slightly new in Arrow. As the Stone of Naming is a integral part of the story, faery names are explained in a little more detail and why it is so important when they decide to give someone their real name. The fact that the different faeries in the story had different reasons for doing this was really interesting and I loved hearing different characters explanations of why they have done it. I was left wondering what part of the world of faeries was going to explored in the next book in this series.
Arrow was by far, my favourite book in this series so far because of how exciting and interesting it was. I can't wait for the next instalment, even though there is quite a while to wait.