It was somewhat disconcerting to arrive at the final season of Salem only to realize that the entire series had essentially been Anne Hale’s Start of Darkness tale. This was not immediately obvious at all – Anne’s story is the epitome of the expression “the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” That is the tragedy of Anne Hale – she starts out so good, so kind, so desperate to make the world a better place, only to succumb to the darkness she sought out to defeat.
- The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso (★★★☆☆)
- Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri (★★★★★)
- Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng (★★★★☆)
- Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho (★★★★★)
- Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier (★★☆☆☆)
- The Perfect Assassin by K.A. Doore (★★☆☆☆)
- Fires of the Faithful by Naomi Kritzer (★★★★☆)
MONTHLY TOTAL: 7
YEARLY SO FAR: 23
It’s been an interesting reading month! March started off with the #FemmeFanTale readathon, during which I managed to read…two books, I think? Or three? Fair enough, I suppose. But I kept the momentum going for the rest of the month and read only fantasy books, which was so much fun! I fell short of my #FemmeFanTale TBR by five books, but I also supplanted two different books, so really, I only fell short of my overall reading goal by three books, which isn’t terrible. And I hope to read at least some of those five #FemmeFanTale books next month! This readathon has definitely reminded me of how much joy fantasy brings me. Last year one of my goals was to expand my reading and step out of my comfort zone, but I think this year, now that I’ve gotten a better idea of what I like and don’t like, I can veer back into fantasy for a bit.
I am currently reading…nothing, actually. I literally just finished my last book of the month and have yet to decide what to pick up next. I’m thinking The Silent Patient, since it’s been getting a lot of buzz and I’m in the mood for a thriller, but I also really want to read We Set the Dark on Fire, which I’ve been anticipating for three years. I’m gonna be flying to Chicago on Sunday, so I need a good plane book, and I’m thinking that would be the thriller. I also want to read at least one horror book in April, but I don’t know what that will be.
Well, I finished Salem, which was…something. I kind of want to scream at somebody about it, but I don’t know anyone who has watched it. Then I also binged Shetland, which is a British police procedural that takes place on the Shetland Islands. It’s so great. I actually really like the lead male detective and the mysteries are very interesting. Plus the views are gorgeous! But other than that, I didn’t watch very much TV, as I tried to focus more on reading!
There will be MAJOR SPOILERS for the final season of Salem in this post.
This has been such a strange show. At times humorous, at times utterly depressing, it added some interesting bits to witch mythos, even if it didn’t always make the most sense. In the final season, it simultaneously hit its stride and backed itself into a corner.
Oh lord. This has been one hell of a season. This will be a spoiler-filled discussion, fyi. Also, if you’ve watched this show, please come talk to me about it!
Salem is such an odd show – I can never quite tell what it wants to be. I’m not sure its writers know either. It’s such a muddle of things – mythologies, folklore, morality – and it is ever-changing and ever-shifting.
This show is batshit crazy, and I absolutely fucking love it.
The premise is simple enough: what if the Salem Witch Trials had included real witches? But the show then takes that and runs with it, adding original characters and completely altering historical figures to suit its own needs.
The best aspect of Salem, and therefore the aspect that I will center my discussion around, is the character work. Personally, when it comes to TV shows, I find that it is the characters that determine whether or not I will keep watching a show. The plot can completely derail, but if I have a soft spot for characters, I’ll watch them eat breakfast. I hadn’t expected such nuanced character work from Salem, but nuanced character work is what I got! It helps that we’ve got a stellar cast.