(This review may contain spoilers).
While I did enjoy this book and found it read better than the second in this series, I did find it somewhat harder to read at times due to a constant switching between first person POV and third.
I found it easy to care about Morrigan and how she felt like she didn’t fit in, even though those kinds of feelings are a common trope in young adult books. I did enjoy seeing her relationship with her grandparents and even though she had a mother who made some really bad choices, it was good to see Rhiannon redeem herself at the birth of her daughter.
There was quite a bit of telling rather than showing going on, especially when it came to Morrigan’s friends, who seemed indistinguishable from each other, and Shannon’s relationship with her daughter.
It was good to see that Morrigan’s life upon entering Partholon didn’t automatically become perfect. Even though her awakening did seem very similar to Shannon’s in book one, she had conflicts Shannon didn’t have to deal with, considering the master and mistress and how they reacted to her.
Speaking of other characters’ reactions… while it was good to see Morrigan and Kegan get to know each other, it was also a bit irritating to see Kegan’s constant references to Myrna. I was disappointed that there were no chances for conflict between the two mirror images in Morrigan and Myrna. While Kegan and Kai both noticed their identical appearances, I felt they were both at different extremes. And after Kai’s interaction with Morrigan, along with the details of his relationship with Shayla, I didn’t really like him very much.
I was a bit disappointed in how the goddesses acted and even though there were certain things revealed at the end, those revelations didn’t really endear them to me.
I would have liked to see the entire book focus on either Morrigan and her experiences in the world her mother had been born into or have it focus entirely on Shannon and her loss and gain in Myrna and Morrigan. While I did enjoy reading this book as part of a world I found engaging the first time I read about it, I thought this was a bit too jerky in POVs.