I would like to thank the author for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Doing so does not sway my review in any way.
As I read this book, I found myself transported into the pages and inserted right into the scenery. That right there is easily the best hook in keeping me reading and all the twists and turns throughout kept me glued to what was going to happen next. As the characters breathed, I was right there with them breathing along with my heart beating in anticipation and sometimes in fear.
A great read that is filled with secrets and twists and turns and along with it a romance that blossoms. This will entice a great audience of readers and will have them ready for the next book in the series. The greater your audience, the greater risk an author takes and Neel Kay rose to the challenge and conquered. Not only does she do that well, but the female characters that she created have the strength and perseverance one wants in their reading.
That being said, I did have a few issues with the book. There are times that there is so much going on in the story that some things seem a bit jumbled and I had to reread areas a couple times because of this. There is also, at times, lack of details that disrupt the sensory perception of the story itself which in turn takes away from the flow of the story. There were also some details in the book that felt a bit over the line and could have been done differently with the same outcome.
The conflicts that the characters deal with will strum at the strings of many readers’ hearts. There are situations that they deal with that on some levels can cross to reality. Betrayal of a sibling, loss of a parent, loss of one’s true identity, spark of romance, and the threat of certain truths being found out. I recommend this to readers 17+ who enjoy a good fantasy romance that will leave them thinking, even after the last word has been read.