My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I'll be honest, I'm always quick to judge a book by the cover and this book ... well, it lacked a cover that drew me in. I almost passed on reading it. This would have been a regretful decision for sure.
Nadya is the girl who talks to gods. They share power with her as they see fit and she remains pure, innocent, and protected. That is, until the day that Serefin arrives. The prince of a neighboring kingdom has arrived to take the girl who talks to gods back to his home and harness her power. It sends Nadya's world into a tailspin and she is forced to run for her life.
I love a story where you don't know who is the "good guy." When the lines between good and evil are blurred and both sides truly believe that what they are doing is RIGHT. It reminds me a lot of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor in that way (actually, in lots of ways, but I'm sure the comparison has already been made). When there isn't an obvious Good Side, the book becomes more layered and captivating. I was captivated ... and already counting down to the next book!
The world building in this book was adequate for me, although I know a few of my friends would find it lacking. I loved the characters though, they were flesh and blood on the pages. I would have loved more time with them to develop more of an emotional arch in the story. I felt like all of the emotional bits were a little rushed and the plot points were where the time was spent. That's fine, I just love emotional development in characters and would have enjoyed MORE in this book.
Overall the book was a fantastic and fresh ya read that wasn't like anything I've read so far this year. So wonderful!
I received a digital copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are all my own.
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