Just an avid reader. Mostly SF/Fantasy, some hobbies, paranormal, urban fantasy and lighter, fluffier things.
This reader's personal opinion, ©2019, all rights reserved, not to be quoted, clipped or used in any way by goodreads, Google Play, amazon.com or other commercial booksellers*
Damn, who wrote this?
Seriously, I have enjoyed other books and series by Jennifer Estep. Gave them good ratings, devoured series in their entirety and was a fan. But there were always things to pick on, some pacing, some repetitiveness, various other things that didn't stop my enjoying her books.
This book was extremely well written. Start to finish. Fast paced. So fast paced that surprisingly this first book has a very complete story arc, an absolute opposite of a cliffhanger.
The main character -- oh, sheesh. Not perfect but perfectly written. Not in the least perfect, but a fully developed, believable, character to root for.
The story unfolds believably and logically even with the twists.
Boy, I'm not writing good reviews. But I've had these books languishing waiting on a review so for now this is the best I can do.
Definitely continuing the series when more are published. Ms. Estep has gotten really good as an author.
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Ratings scale used in absence of a booklikes suggested rating scale:
★★★★★ = All Time Favorite
★★★★½ = Extraordinary Book. Really Loved It.
★★★★☆ = Loved It.
★★★½☆ = Really Liked.
★★★☆☆ = Liked.
★★½☆☆ = Liked parts; parts only okay. Would read more by author.
★★☆☆☆ = Average. Okay.
★½☆☆☆ = Disliked or meh? but kept reading in hopes would improve.
★☆☆☆☆ = Loathed It. Possibly DNF and a torturous read.
½☆☆☆☆ = So vile was a DNF or should have been. Cannot imagine anyone liking. (Might also be just an "uploaded" word spew or collection that should not be dignified by calling itself a "published book." If author is going batshit crazy in the blogosphere over reviews -- I now know why they are getting bad reviews. Or maybe author should take remedial classes for language written in until basic concepts like using sentences sink in. Is author even old enough to sign a publishing contract or do they need a legal guardian to sign for them?)