Book Review: Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger (4/5)

Four destinies collide in a unique fantasy world of war and wonders, where empire is won with enchanted steel and magical animal companions fight alongside their masters in battle.

This book has been on my TBR list for a while, and thanks to the libraries opening back up, I finally have the chance to read it. Steel Crow Saga was pitched as Pokemon meets Avatar: the Last Airbender, and while it certainly had that anime feel, let’s not put it on the same level as such a masterpiece as Avatar: the Last Airbender. Let’s be honest, there’s never going to be a contender.

As I mentioned, this book has MAJOR anime vibes. From the characters, the plot, the style, and just the way this story unfolds – it feels like an anime. I personally enjoyed it, thought admittedly there were some…rather wordy segments that could have either been edited out or condensed.

I absolutely loved the characters. Lee fit my need for a thief, and Jimuro gave me flashbacks to Zuko. The characters all brought something to the table: strong personalities and nationalities and beliefs. Tala and Jimuro were my favorite; they start as enemies and through the plot become good friends. I would’ve rather seen more of them than of Xiulan and Lee. To be honest, I wasn’t a fan of Xiulan. She was written as the bookish dreamer, but she just…didn’t click with me. I’m not the biggest fan of f/f romance. It just doesn’t pull me in. I’m not attractive to girls, which is what it is. *shrugs*

This book was long. It could have been divided into two or three books. I also love a series, so… I’m not biased.

So, overall, I’m giving Steel Crow Saga a 4 out of 5. It didn’t keep me reading into the night, but I wanted to pick the book up again.

*Side note*

Scrolling through the Goodreads reviews of this book, I learned that there are allegations of harassment made against Paul Kreuger. That’s not cool. However, I’m still giving this book 4 out of 5. I’m rating the book, not the author.

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