It's getting so bad these days
>Pick up a fantasy audio book because Tim Gerard Reynolds is a joy to listen to
>First book is ok, if a bit bland. Basically copper-aged humanity dealing with Elves being dicks as well as domestic issues and aggressive wildlife
>Main character revenge-killed an elf which sets things in motion. Hates his lot and just wants to be forgotten but the people around him refuse to let that happen for good or ill
>Second book starts
>Violently autistic girl who was totally there the whole time, no really. Enjoy her fourth autistic freakout as the book slams to a halt to describe it again
>Gay or wannabe ftm tranny female warrior just so good at her job why won't people realise it and also let her have sex with her female leader?
>Quasi-feral girl who showed magical aptitude in the first book is shown to be absurdly powerful because the plot demands it (she's not that bad, honestly, though the "civilized folk are so weird" shtick got old in the first book and doesn't get any better)
>Female leader who ascended after her husband died and the other claim to the chief position was cartoonishly evil and got eaten by a bear constantly has people talk about how great she is even as she's constantly rescued by other people
>Main character from the first book spends the whole second book crying about how he's going to get slaughtered in a leadership challenge before the dyke kills his challenger with a single arrow (which the autistic girl invents because she's just so smart) outside of a proper duel (nobody seems to care how she basically executed a high ranking chieftain)
I thought the first book might have gone somewhere, but the author's forward for the second book is basically him rubbing himself off to the characters. I didn't think much of it beforehand but that was before he added the autistic girl, lesbian, and shuffled off the maPost too long. Click here to view the full text.