(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).
(This review may contain spoilers).
This was a book I was particularly intrigued by when I entered to win it on a giveaway. I was quite happy to win it, because I was really taken by the cover and the blurb.
I found the world in this book to be really well-written and interesting. I didn’t get confused with the characters and I found myself really liking both Mona and Kiri… though I noticed the author kept describing Mona’s eye colour, which was quite repetitive by the end of the book.
I liked seeing both Mona and Kiri as children, but when the book suddenly jumped ahead, I did get a bit confused until Kiri showed up again.
I liked the different kinds of people there were in the world and I was quite moved by Keridras’ history especially, but I also particularly liked Raelin and Cyric. The different abilities that the characters had were interesting as well. I felt that the danger they faced in the book was real and I really cared about what happened to them. I really liked the connections that Mona and Kiri formed with the other characters, too.
The plot itself was really intriguing, but I didn’t feel that there was enough of an explanation about how Kiri and Mona (out of all the characters in the world) were Light Breathers. It’s stated that they’re the ones in the prophecy… but not how that’s figured out or how the others know about it.
I would have liked a bit more information about the history of the world. I liked that the author made an attempt to humanise the villain, but I would have liked to see his previous character shown… I felt that there was a lot of information given through characters’ stories. And I did think that there was an intriguing way to show Mona and Kiri’s history, but it was a lot to take in all at once.
I think I would definitely like to read the next book in this series at some point in the future. It would be nice to see how things go with the characters, since I found myself caring about them through the book.