a. I like to pretend that The Will of the Empress doesn't exist because I thought all the characters came off pretty terribly. She should have written this one first.
b. Not that this was great in any major way. It was a bit unfocused, and the characters just went from place to place because why? There wasn't the emotional impact you'd expect from events that supposedly leave Briar with PTSD, perhaps because the POV jumped quickly.
c. If she wants to write only about Rosethorn & Briar, ok. But I think the only way these books will become great is if the four actually get together again, and work together positively. That's what made the first series so good, and the second so disappointing. The Will of the Empress doesn't count.
Really well-written & researched, though the topic makes for difficult reading. I enjoyed the obvious comparison's to Galatea/Pygmalion.
I disagree with Moore's assertion at the end that Day was just misguided & not wicked, because I couldn't help but compare him to modern kidnappers like the late Ariel Castro, especially since both of them were utterly unrepentant of their acts. While clearly the education of Sabrina was influenced by the ideas of the Enlightenment, I think the comparison between Day's anti-slavery sentiments vs his need to control his wife reveals a deeper...issue, I guess? There's something that makes these men think they are perfectly in the right to enslave a woman...and I find it baffling & disturbing.
I haven't read much urban fantasy, but this was totally fun. Though...I'm not sure if maybe it's a bit of a satire of the genre? Guess I'll just have read some more ;)