State of Sorrow Review

Here we are! Close to the end of the month and I’m not anywhere close to finishing the books I wanted to finish this month. HAHAHAHA. Can I really be that surprised in myself at this point? No. I can’t. Here we go, into the book reviews for this week.

Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target  audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.

That being said… Spoilers ahead.

State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury

Synopsis From The Book


Sorrow all but rules the Court of Tears, in a land gripped by perpetual grief, forever mourning her brother who died just days before Sorrow was born. By day she governs in place of her father, by night she seeks secret solace in the arms of the boy she’s loved since childhood. But when her brother is seemingly found alive, and intent on taking control, Sorrow has to choose whether to step aside for a stranger who might not be who he claims to be, or embark on a power struggle for a position she never really wanted.

Initial Thoughts Before Reading:

Alright! If I’m correct, this book is a book in a duology. I have a good impression of this book based on what I know of the book from the inner notes. I am not sure how well I am going to love this (Reading after Sorcery of Thorns). I don’t think I will hate it, after all it seems like a beautiful book. I’m just not sure I will capture all of its beauty. Unfortunately there will always be one book that I read directly after a five. I tried to pick something I figured I would love.

Initial Thoughts After Reading:

This was a good book and it makes me want to read the next one by a lot. It takes place in a fantasy world, but it is a heavy political drama. Heavy drama. Lots of politics. I was swimming in it all. The author’s writing style was a bit interesting to get used to at first, but once I had it, I was flowing through it.

Plot Overview:

Sorrow Ventaxis is the only child of the Chancellor of Rhannon and the heir to the country. In a country where elections run, but only one family runs for the election, she will become the next leader. Eighteen years ago her brother died and three days later, on the day she was born, her mother. This gave her, her name and led her father into great depression. It was such a depression that he sent his country into eternal mourning.

On the day of her brother’s annual mourning ceremony, a man named Vespus arrives saying that her brother is alive and well. When her father dies, the two are put head to head to try to win the election for their country. Sorrow tries to figure out if the man before her is her true brother or not, while dealing with her own treason (of falling in love with a man from another country), and discovery that she is not even a true born daughter of the man she thought was her father. She deals with those who wants her dead, betrayal by those she trusted, and death around her.

Eventually she decides that she has to win so that Vespus can not, and on the eve of the election he holds her at an ultimatum. He knows her full truth and he will get what he wants (essentially to grow trees to make a sort of alcohol that is a power booster for the powers of another country). She has to agree, or else everything she worked for will be destroyed.

What I Liked:

The Characters; I am going to separate them out so just wait for that.

The World and Politics; We get into this world and we get into it fully. This is a novel about the politics of one specific country, and we get that system. We see them having to interact with high borns, and the rest of their country. We see them interact with other countries. I liked learning how this system works, and how dictator like the Ventaxis family is.

Magic; It’s a small system in another kingdom, and it’s not really understood (soft magic). I did like that it had different implications in the story than: use it to fight evil.

Sorrow; She was trying her best and in it ended up becoming like her father, although in a different way. She grew u in sorrow and she has no idea how to be in anything else. I want her to be happy.

Rasmus; He’s interesting and from a world of magic. The fact that his powers took Sorrow’s mental pain away (and she was using him as a crutch) and he was okay with it, has me in tears. He loves her so much. I need him to be happy too.

Luvian; When he was introduced, I thought it would become a love triangle. It did not, and instead his sass was well needed. His back story is a bit tragic, being the runt and hated by his crime family and all. I can’t wait for his “redemption arc’ as he called it himself.

Irris; She was a lovely best friend, and confidant for Sorrow.

Charon; What an interesting and complex character. I like the idea of our MC having a father figure who was not her biological father. He is complicated and only wants the best for his country, even if that is a secret needed to be kept.

Vespus; His goal is simple and it’s that simplistic goal that makes him the antagonist. He is not evil, instead a businessman. He will get what he wants even if that means blackmail and people hating him. He wants his country to be strong, and even if drugs are the solution, he will try. I love it.

Mael; The most tragic of all the characters. Dead at three, and back at twenty-one. Everyone is unsure if he is an imposter or not, even I question it. All he wants is to be loved and Sorrow wouldn’t give him that. He is my favorite, and out of everyone… even if sorrow and Rasmus do not end up happy, he needs to. Mael needs happiness.

What I Would Have Liked or Changed:

TBH I have no idea at all, so… having the second book. My fault.

Time Taken To Read

2hrs 37min

Rating: 4/5

Notable Quotes:

“Sorrow, for that is all she brings.” – Mother naming her, pg 10

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