I wish to thank the author for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Receiving such does not sway my opinion in any way.
I was at a slight disadvantage than some when it came to reading this book. Honestly, I have not read the other books in this series. Don't let this sway you, possibly a reader of the series or maybe a newbie to it like me, because the author did a wonderful job setting up the book so that anyone could read it and not feel like they were missing out on anything. What is nice is that this is a prequel to the series, so I can hop into it and just read the rest of the books.
The blurb, if anything immediate, I would ask the author to expand on this. There are scenes, destinations, subjects, etc in this book that normally I find a turn off in reading and a blurb that works for a new reader would have probably given some of that information in it. This is no way is a negative look at the book, writing nor author, it just would be a bit helpful.
I enjoyed the quote before each chapter. They give the reader an insight of the characters, a foreshadowing of things to come, a sense of what had passed and are well thought out and placed. The quotes from Jolin are not weak, but are strong, full of emotion and carry the story on another level.
Lillette...she had me fascinated with her from the beginning. Head strong, conniving, used common sense, knew when to push, when to pull and when to just give in. I could visualize her as an actual person and could follow along with her. The way the author set up the scenes and visual description of not only the characters but of the surroundings just pulled me right into the story and stunned me with just how raw and real it all felt. The story also gave you a true sense of the downfall of the witches power.
I recommend this to anyone who likes a good fantasy read without all the really out there fantasy stuff thrown in. I will be going back to this series and reading it through from the start. Amber Argyle has truly created a story that will keep you enthralled and ready for more.