(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
I found myself really enjoying reading this book. I felt that the concept of people knowing each others’ identities through their eyes was quite an intriguing one, though I wasn’t sure how people’s eyes varied so much through this. Still, it was an intriguing idea.
I did find a lot of the characters to be quite intriguing ones. I got to know Kale and Sawyer the most and they both came across as really well-rounded characters. Even though I spent a lot of the book not liking Sawyer, I still found him a really intriguing character… even if I was very disappointed in him by the end of the book.
I did wish that Velvet and Tyler’s backgrounds had been explored a bit more. Tyler came across as a character who had a bit more depth to him, but because I didn’t see much of Velvet (outside of Kale or Sawyer interacting with her), she came across as a little more one-dimensional.
I was intrigued by the whole concept of the dragons through this book, though I did feel that the characters didn’t think things through as well as they could have done. There was quite a lot of political intrigue in the book, but I felt that I saw a lot of the twists coming.
There were a couple of times when I got confused about who was who in the characters. It took me a little while to remember who Brandon was.
I would have liked to see more of the rest of the tribes of Quanx, though I was intrigued by the warrior’s camp… even if they didn’t let women train as warriors. I liked that Kale was able to disguise herself, though because I didn’t know how old she was, I had some trouble with my suspension of disbelief about how so few people knew who she actually was.
I would have liked to know a bit more about how the bonding between dragon and human worked, too… and how dragons were seen by most of the people there. I liked that Kale’s training actually took time and that she wasn’t perfect. I did like Paka as a character… maybe not so much by the end of the book, though I could understand the character then.
I would like to read the next two books at some point in the future. I hope that redemption for certain characters will be possible and I’d like to see more of Kale in particular.