After more than a month of making very little progress, I'm giving up. I think I'm done with this book and, to an extent, done with Brent Weeks. (Oh, wait. Is that a ToS violation? Oh, wait again. This isn't Goodreads... and yet I have no idea what BookLikes' ToS are.)
Prejudices are hard to put aside when you know you don't like what the author has previously written. With that said, this book isn't as bad as I thought. It's actually much better than The Way of Shadows. (That's a compliment, btw.)
So I am marking this as "read" as a note to myself that I will not be returning to reread at a later time.
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Even though I hated Weeks' Nightangel series (that name will never not be hilarious), a friend suggested I should do away with prejudices and general distaste for Weeks' writing and give this book a chance. You won't regret it, he promised. I better not, was my response.