This is my second review of this book. The internet gremlins stole the first one, a very long one, I might add.
I cannot get this book out of my head!
I used to read more fantasy than I do nowadays, so I hesitated all of a minute when I had the chance to get this book as an ARC. (Thank you to Ylva for the opportunity)
The cover is gorgeously eye-catching, one that would make an excellent poster.
We are introduced to Aeryn’s world and interact with it, through her eyes and experiences. We feel ill when she does, writhe with the power of uncontrolled magic with her and feel her confusion and fear as her world is turned upside down. The world-building in this story is excellent. We are sucked in at once and there’s nothing to distract us from the story. In fact, I came to resent the fact that I had to cook and do dishes. Didn’t my family care I was engrossed in a phenomenal story? Ha! No…they didn’t.
Aeryn’s world is turned upside down and we are right beside her as she tries to make sense of her travelling companions that are still mysteries to her as they part company. We are as unsettled as she is, as new to everything as she is and we ARE Aeryn. Have I mentioned this book will pull you in?
The ending is a sticking point for many reviewers, but I understand why this book closed the way it did. When a manuscript is large, it’s not always easy to find a stopping point that serves both story and readers.
But this ending rocks Aeryn’s world, and ours.
It literally took my breath away. Like, I had to remind myself to breathe.
I cannot wait to see what Aeryn does with this new knowledge in the next book, which I understand will follow this one shortly.
If I have to pay for it, I gladly will.
I will read this one again and again. It’s that good. I suspect I’ll find new things to gush about on my next reading.
Get this. Prepare for an ending that is not the end while you prepare to get the next book. Because you’ll want to know what happens next.