This months FairyLoot box was their 2 year anniversary box, which meant it came in a purple box. How awesome!
If you haven’t seen my previous posts about FairyLoot – it is a bookish subscription box that contains a hardback book as well as loads of bookish items based around a theme for £32.95 a month. This month the theme was Memorable Moments. My only problem with the subscription is that they use Hermes to deliver which is, as we all know, a bit of a nightmare. It’s worth it though.
The book this month was State of Sorrow, which I’ll review below and contained a signed bookplate.
The first item I saw was cork bunting from Paladone which I must admit I’m still finding a bit random. It’s a cute idea but I’ve no idea how I’ll use it to be honest. I’m sure I’ll find a way and it might look cute hanging from a shelf on my bookcase.
Next up is some ‘Toast to The Warden of The North’ hot chocolate from Eponine. It is vegan, gluten free, nut free and sustainably sourced, I haven’t tried it at the time of writing this because I haven’t had the weather to take photos yet… You know how it is. It sounds good though.
The next item is a Harry Potter Goblet of Fire candle from Paper Flames Candle Co that is scented like fresh bread and chocolate, I can’t wait to start burning it. Having looked at their Etsy shop, they have a candle called Bookstagram which I love the sound of haha. I’m not obsessed with the fact it’s another HP item in my life but I guess at least it’ll be a candle I definitely don’t mind burning.
Next up is Bilbo’s Birthday Cake soap from Geeky Clean that is scented with strawberry and vanilla. I must admit this wasn’t what I was expecting from a Lord of the Rings item and I am a little disappointed that it’s a consumable. That disappointment isn’t as much of an issue when it smells as good as it does though. Plus it’s glittery, so it’ll look cute in photos, right?
There was also a bookmark and badge for The Belles, a postcard for State of Sorrow as well as a letter from the author.
Finally my favourite item, a Shadowhunters Rune Ceremony Scarf from FictionTea. This is such a cool scarf! I’m kind of sad it’s a black scarf but it’s also appropriate for a Shadowhunters scarf isn’t it.
State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury
State of Sorrow is a book that takes a while to get going but once it does… OH MY. The main story follows Sorrow Ventaxis, who is born straight after her brother dies at a historic signing of a peace treaty. Her mother dies giving birth to her and her father plunges the whole land into mourning her brother. The story picks back up when Sorrow is older and her father has become so incompetent that the lands council look to put Sorrow in charge.
If you’re looking for a book full of political intrigue, awesome world building, an interesting magic system, a great selection of characters and so many twists you lose count – this could be the book for you. I will say you do see some of the twists coming but I definitely didn’t see them all.
I did find the names of the two neighbouring lands the book discusses confusing, actually make that annoying. They both begin with R. WHY. Seriously, unless the names become super relevant at some point, I feel like one of them should have been changed to be less confusing. Also, as with a lot of fantasy, there is the mass introduction of seemingly hundreds of characters at once. If you can push past the start though, I think it’s a wonderful book.
Have you read any of Melinda Salisbury’s other books? I think I need to add some to my TBR after reading this one.