291624I hated Titan of Twilight.

Three years have passed between Giants Among Us and Titan of Twilight, all three of which Queen Brianna has been pregnant.  We’re brought into the queen in transit attempting to bless a silver mine when her convoy is attacked by giants and she goes into labor.

A labor that lasts almost five chapters…like seriously?

And there has been a prophecy about the babe that Brianna carries, that she is in fact pregnant with twins.  Tavis being the father of one, and the ettin from Giants Among Us being the father of the second.  The firbolg clans in the kingdom call for the death of the second child, as that is the one destined to unit the giants and take over the world.

Of course as a mother Brianna refuses to believe these tales, but what made me hate this book is her blindness.  Firbolgs as a race are incapable of lying.  They physically cannot do it.  And she’s in love with a firbolg.  So when Tavis tries to tell her there is something wrong with the child when it’s born, after 3 years of him proving himself honest, faithful, true, etc etc. What does she do?  Instead of listening to him and being all like “Hmm.  Ok, we need to figure this out because I love and trust you” she’s all like a toddler having a temper tantrum. “NO!  You’re wrong and I’m right cuz I’m the queen and I don’t wanna face the truth!  WAAAAAAA!!!!!!”

It…just….AUGH!!! I couldn’t stand her as a character after that.  I mean, two people she trusts most in the world tell her there’s an issue, the baby in her arms is GROWLING for pete’s sake, and she still refuses to see a problem.  Thankfully with the help of an ancient artifact pretty much all’s well that ends well, but gods I hate that woman!  And it was her stubbornness and refusal to look beyond her own nose that made me dislike this book so much.

So I’mma take a wee break from the Realms for now.  We’re gonna check out The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd next.

37435Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily’s fierce-hearted black “stand-in mother,” Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina–a town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.