I hate to be vague in a review, but unfortunately I’m not comfortable mentioning in a public review one major thing about this book that brought my final rating down a full star.
That said, however, I really enjoyed this story. I loved the fated-to-be mated vibe, as well as the push and pull between Thea and Brand, as neither of them wanted the other as a partner in the beginning.
The Crystal City was wonderful, with some truly terrifying scenes, and I especially enjoyed the maze with all of the mind tricks that were played on both Brand and Thea.
As a HUGE fan of Melanie Card’s Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer series, I was pleasantly surprised by the dynamics between the two protagonists, and I admit, I was happy that there was some naughty times, even though they were fade-to-black.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I ended up staying up far to late so that I could read it in one sitting, simply because I couldn’t wait to see what was next.
A solid 4/5 Stars.