the bronzed beasts book review! // oh gosh…

I’m not sure whether to be happy or sad that I’ve finished two of my all-time favorite series in the month of March. On the one hand, I’m being productive with my reading for once in my life! On the other hand, I have to say goodbye to some of my favorite characters! So I’m wildly confused! Anyways, today we’ll be talking about The Bronzed Beasts by Roshani Chokshi so let’s just jump in shall we?

🇮🇹 Takes place in Italy

💃🏽 Diverse cast

🏵 Finale to a trilogy

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The Bronzed Beasts broke me. There was a lot of crying at the end of this book. Like, a lot. The tone of the ending fits the melancholic vibe of this series so well.

We’re back with our crew who are reeling after the events of the last book. They’re forced to reconvene and come up with one final plan to try and obtain divinity itself in the temple where magic first originated. I know that this is a super vague description but I’m trying not to spoil anything for anyone who hasn’t read the first books, or just doesn’t want a lot of details about this one!

While I adore Roshani Chokshi’s prose, characters, and world, I feel like this final installment just didn’t do any of it justice. It felt like a subpar retread of all of the past books. Like, okay, heist! Puzzle! Possible betrayal! That’s fine, I like this loop! Except, it took much longer to reach each point because now each character is shaped by the events of the past and we’re stuck in their minds for eons. I feel very sorry for them but I also feel very sorry for me who reads 50 pages of absolute nothing.

“History might be shaped by the tongues of conquerors, but it was not a fixed shape or story, and with every object they repatriated, it was like adding or recasting a sentence in a book whose pages were as wide and infinite as a horizon.”

I did miss everyone though! Hypnos and Zofia and Enrique, Severin and Laila…everyone made me laugh and cry and feel all the emotions. The found family trope is such an incredible one when done right, and every single dynamic between every single character felt so natural and perfect. Platonic and romantic, Chokshi’s character relationships are truly unbeatable.

I’m going to be honest here: it is ONLY on account of the characters and the world that this book gets such a high rating. The plot felt like that part in The Wizard of Oz where they fall asleep in the daisy (or whatever) field. Like, the stakes are there but they don’t feel that high? It felt like whatever happened would just sort of work itself out. That was definitely disappointing.

Overall, though, I enjoyed my time with this for the most part! I just wished it had been a better sendoff. That’s why I’m giving it 3.5/5 stars. Tell me: have you read this series?

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10 thoughts on “the bronzed beasts book review! // oh gosh…

  1. ahh a lot of my friends (who’ve read bronzed beasts) have the same thoughts so i’m on the fence about this trilogy- like what’s the point of reading a book if the finale doesn’t live up??

    i’ve heard SO MUCH about the found family sjfhjd!!

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  2. I have yet to read this final book – I borrowed it from the library but didn’t even get to read it and never borrowed it again! lol I will eventually read it though just so I can end the series – sometimes I’m wary of final books in a series because I’ve been disappointed a few times 😅. Great review!

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