My first read of 2022 and unfortunately The Ivory Key was a DNF (did not finish) for me, which I’m pretty disappointed about. Read on to find out what went wrong!
From the author’s website:
Graphic descriptions of dead bodies (specifically on page 1 & Chapter 6), high volume of discussion of grief and loss, death of family members (specifically parents–the deaths occur off page but are discussed throughout), recovering from trauma, blood, violence, emotional manipulation, alcohol, discussion of identity policing/microaggressions directed toward a biracial character, allusions to human experimentation, discussions of war/an invading country.
The Ivory Key has an interesting plot, a great magic system and rich world building based on Indian culture. There’s also LGBT representation as the world Raman has created is one where relationships and marriages between either gender are the norm. So what went wrong? The characters.
I found the characters to be completely flat, and one dimensional, not a single one was compelling. The Ivory Key centres on four siblings, two sisters and two brothers from a royal family. They’re from a matriarchal society which means the two girls have raised to hold the power, and the two boys to support the power. The synopsis promises intrigue and fails to deliver simply because each of the siblings has been written without any depth to them. Each one of them just came off as bratty to me, and at 20% I was not feeling the book. I wondered if it was just me, so I pushed on to 50% expecting by this point of the story to have a better insight into the characters. There was none.
I expected so much from this book, and it just did not reach my expectations. I’m not usually one to be so critical of a book, but not every book works for each reader and this one just didn’t for me.
Over to you
Thank you for reading my review for The Ivory Key. What was your first read for 2022?
Don’t forget to check out the rest of my reviews if you’re looking for some more book recommendations 🙂 You can also now sign up for my newsletter to get an email each month with a list of my new reviews!
Try Kindle Unlimited for 3 Months Free!
Kick-start your reading this year and get three months free if you sign up today for Kindle Unlimited!
Support Just Geeking By
I hope you enjoyed this post! If you did please consider sharing it on social media using the nifty buttons at the end of this post <3
If you enjoyed this content please consider helping to support my blog. You can do this in multiple ways (click here to find out how!) or by donating via Ko-Fi to help me reach my current goal.