Melinda Salisbury has been one of my favourite authors for years now. I absolutely adore her Sin Eater's Daughter series and will pick up anything that she writes. When I heard she was beginning a new series I squealed. State of Sorrow is the first in a new YA fantasy series and oh my...it's good.
This is not your typical YA fantasy. There aren't many epic sword fights, daring heists or magical creatures. State of Sorrow is very much driven by the characters and the cut throat life of a politician. Ever since her brother's death Sorrow has lived in a Kingdom of perpetual morning. It is forbidden to smile, to open the curtains or to even wear bright colours. All things Sorrow dreams of and, guiltily resents her brother for. Forced to rule the Kingdom around her drug-adled father Sorrow feels her future is decided for her, that she must take complete control and bring joy back to her Kingdom. As in all novels, its not quite that simple.
As I mentioned there is an awful lot of political manoeuvring in this novel and my god I loved it. It had me on the edge of my seat just as much as fight scenes normally do. Sorrow is such an intelligent character which is why I think this worked so well. She isn't a fighter, she's a thinker and a plotter. Which worked very well with her aid Luvian. Their interactions were always my favourite and I can't wait to see how their friendship changes in the next book. On his own Luvian was a very interesting bloke, you never quite know where you stand with him. Throughout really this novel has characters that you can never guess the intentions of, which is why I flew through it. I had to know what was going to happen next.
Speaking of happen next. I need the next book, this was left on such a cliffhanger, but it felt like the right point to end on. Some cliffhangers feel as though they're forced in order to make you want the next book. This one was a natural stopping point whilst instilling such fear. The entire plot was like this, I couldn't read quick enough! I was sad every time I had to put this down.
Please please give this a read...and Melinda's other series. Both are fantastic.