(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
Although I found this book a bit disjointing to read at first, it didn’t take long before I was drawn into the world and was able to connect with the characters.
I found the plot of this book to be quite a unique one. It immediately piqued my interest and I found most of the characters to be really well-rounded and ones I enjoyed reading about.
One of my favourite parts about this book was probably the relationship between the characters. I did like reading about George and Gudrik. It was also nice to see Tabitha and the way she integrated herself with the whole group. I especially liked how taken she was with Paw and that she didn’t see someone who was scary when he played with her.
I did find it interesting to learn about the different pasts of the characters, I have to say. One of the things I felt worked really well was the fact that many of the motivations of the different characters were revealed by the end. I found it really intriguing to see the different sides of the stories… even though it was a bit distracting to end up in first person perspective instead of third person.
I did find the abilities of the Inscribed came across really well. I liked the fact that their powers did have limitations and that they did end up having to pay a price in pain to use them. I thought it was interesting how it depended on the language they used.
It was good to learn more about the characters as the book went on. I really liked Teefa as a character – she was the kind of tough heroine that I feel I can really get behind. I kind of wavered a bit with how I felt about George… I did like Pup, though.
The danger that the characters were in came across really well, I felt. I cared about what was happening to them and as I reached the end of the book, I was eager to see what would happen.
I wasn’t especially thrilled by the ending, I have to say. I would like to see more of the characters and the plot. Although there was a resolution of sorts, there’s still clearly a lot more of the story to be told.