(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
Although I was a bit confused by how everything fit together at first (there were a lot of different storylines that didn’t seem to fit together), I did eventually find myself drawn into the lives of the different characters.
I found it easy to empathise with Felt and it was interesting to see the different guilds of magic users and how the politics worked. I wasn’t really sure if I trusted Karan… Maria clearly had her own agenda to work towards, but in many ways, I could understand why she didn’t like the other Guild. Hyna was a bit confusing, though. I couldn’t work out if it really existed, or if it was just made up as a front for another organisation.
It was interesting to be able to learn more about the magic and how it worked, though I’m still not sure I understood everything even by the end of the book. I felt that the amount of POV characters could have been condensed down, to make it easier to follow everything that was going on.
I liked Hans and his interactions with Felt. It would have been good to see more of how they’d known each other in the past and how their lives had taken such different turns.
I liked being able to learn about the Demon, though it did give me the creeps. I also would have liked more answers about the artifact and how the disappearing Guild fit into everything. The ghasts of the spiders were especially disturbing and I was glad to see that the Lances were able to deal with them.
There were a few occasions where I found myself forgetting what was going on in the book, since there was so much happening. I would have liked to be able to learn more of the pasts of a few of the characters, since I felt that a lot of them, especially members of the Lance, weren’t explored as well as they could have been… and I had no idea how the Whisper fit in with everything.
There was tension in this book that succeeded in keeping me reading and I would like to see more of the world and characters in the future.