Review #98

Title- Gilded Serpent

Rating– 3.5/5

Genre- epic fantasy

POV- 4 POV, third person, past tense


See the first two reviews, Dark Shores and Dark Skies.

The beginning is overwhelming since we’re going from two POV per book to 4 alternating POV. Also on one page here are all there proper nouns:
The Six
The Seventh


Lydia returns to Mudaire to enter training at the healing temple. But instead of fighting to save lives, she’s convinced she is doing more harm than good. She delves into the history of the gods only to discover a truth that will change her life forever.

His birthright as commander of the Royal Army is finally in his grasp, but Killian feels anything but victorious. Burdened by his past, he embraces the darker side of his mark―and in doing so, risks starting a war.


Having defeated the tyrant Urcon, Marcus struggles to form a lasting alliance with the Arinoquians. But he is plagued by the knowledge that there is a traitor among his friends, and it could cost him everything that he’s fought for.

Torn between her growing allegiance to the Thirty-Seventh legion and her need to liberate her people, Teriana finds herself mired in a web of secrets. She embarks upon a path that will either save everyone she loves―or put them all in their graves.

Best part-

LOVED the epic vibe of the novel.

Page 41- very effective

Page 195- great concept

Page 254- effective chapter!!

Page 321- amazing bridge scene!

Page 436- the Mimics are genius!

What I’d change-

Overall, I was overwhelmed with the 4 POV & the complexity of the abrupt jumps between locations, storylines, head hopping, etc. also wanted a bit more relief, I felt so weighed down the whole time. Next, I felt frustrated in the assumption that this is a fantasy romance based off of how it was set up and portrayed, but it is solely a fantasy. Not romance. The relationships are shown well in regards to fellow soldiers, friendships, family. But overall it felt unbelievable that the characters continually chose X over Z in loyalty and protection.


The second half was much better than the first.

Page 48- great tension and conflict but I just want them to get along already. No one can trust anyone.

Page 57- ugh there’s just so many secrets and betrayals. How will anyone come back from this?

Page 73- it’s abrupt transitions when multiple chapters are two pages.

Page 205- I cant keep track of Killian’s purpose in this story right now when he’s separated from the other groups and nothing much seems to be happening on his side of things.

Page 220- first inkling of hope. But it’s not enough. I feel worn down from so much hardship

Page 231- this book is getting scary with the blighters

Page 249- the storytelling parts of when they bond are being skipped over. I want to learn about those bits. 

Page 272- regret? What? I’m so confused. Stop flip flopping

Page 280-284- I hate Killian 

Page 304- this fear would’ve been more monumental if there was foreshadowing leading up to it instead of a surprise fear the reader hadn’t been aware of.

Page 340- I’m pretty sure I know where this is leading, which is exciting. I had a guess in the second book something like this would pop up

Page 561- I’m unsatisfied at the ending. Will still buy the 4th book (Scorched Earth) in 2022

Quote- “I think it will be in the absence of light that we all see who we truly are.”

Pacing- slow

Published by CassieSwindon

Fiction author

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