My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
How I Got It: Purchased ebook
Publication Date: March 2016
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Point of View: 1st Person Heroine
Genres: YA Fantasy Adventure
All right, this was some seriously impressive storytelling! Everything about this world was so vivid and real, which meant the characters were also more vivid and real than most.
WHAT I LOVED
Nazafareen makes for a compelling heroine, plagued by inner demons but never letting them bring her down.
Darius was sympathetic--powerful and yet with enough limitations on his power to make him interesting.
The side characters--Tijah! Myrri! Tommas!--were each appealing in his or her own unique way.
But my favorite thing about this book: the plot twists! So many books in this genre start to sound alike with totally predictable turns of events. But not this one! The central villain was the LAST person I expected, and that surprise was so well done, so effectively handled. I was already quite swept up in the story, but THAT moment--that moment when I REALIZED what was going on with that character--was the moment I knew I'd discovered a new favorite book.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE SO MUCH
There was very little I disliked about this book, I kind of hate to complain at all!
I guess the romance was a wee bit lackluster to me. But it also might grow over the series.
There were a few places where things dragged. But then again, if the author had sped things up she might have had to cut out some of her great world-building, which would have been a shame!
So yeah. Those are sort-of complaints, but not really.
I think I'm going to take a break from this world before reading the next book in the series. I've got it downloaded and ready to go, but I want to let this story settle on its own for a little while first.
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