I wrote way more than I intended to, and it all came out pessimistically, but yee here's my thoughts
I've spent the past week trying to put into words how much I hate Peacemaker and how utterly completely totally disappointed I am, but I'm not sure if words can do me justice here. I don't know what I expected that would have been a satisfying ending, but I think the last thing I would ever come up with was turning him into a half-RainWing dragonet. I mean, if I were a dragon in Pyrrhia, I'm pretty sure Peacemaker is more dangerous to me than Darkstalker ever was because I'm allergic to strawberries. I emphatically don't get it and I emphatically don't want to get it and every time I think about it I feel like my insides have been scooped out with a melon baller.
Was there any reason for Winter's awkward personality shift? I know each book is kind of seen through POV-colored spectacles, but if it was, it's such a dramatic shift that I really don't get it. Winter's been pretty consistent, character-wise. And then...blam.
I'm also pretty disappointed by Qibli's POV. I know it could have gone gimmicky easily, but I wish there were more comparisons, especially subtle ones, between Qibli and Darkstalker. I also wish Qibli had done something wrong or bad in the book - like, not saving his siblings, or getting animus powers from Darkstalker, or something like that. (I mean, I know it would have added way too much to the plot if he'd gotten powers from Darkstalker, and I didn't expect him to use them or anything, but...eh.) It just made his character arc feel stunted and pointless. It felt more like someone else's story, and Qibli was just narrating - which would be fine, but the other books aren't really like that.
I didn't really like the way the prophecy was handled, either. The fight scene just felt...awkward, and short, and anticlimactic. I knew what would go down pretty much the moment Qibli picked up Anemone's weather bracelets at the beginning of the book.
I don't ship Moonbli or Winterwatcher, but I thought the way it ended up was just unnecessary. I don't know why. I guess I don't really care too much.
On the optimistic side of things, I loved the writing. Tui just keeps getting better and better. I love descriptions of cities, especially the Scorpion Den. I liked that Winter's interest in scavengers came up again. I, of course, love Anemone and Tamarin. I liked how Darkstalker was trying to build Clearsight from the ground up because it was gross and twisted and weird and it reminded me of myself. There was a lot I liked, actually. I really enjoyed the book while I was reading it, but it was a decrescendo from the very start.
Overall, I think it was a bunch of random events crammed together under a deadline, but written well. I know I would have done far worse given the same circumstances, and I'm really grateful and impressed that Tui writes so much and so well, but I can't really help being disappointed in Darkness of Dragons.
HYPED for the graphic novel though!