Quite an intriguing fantasy book, mostly for the unique world created and the people who inhabited it. I very much enjoyed how the author built the world without going on and on about details that didn’t pertain the story. Masterfully done. The writing itself was excellent and didn’t knock me out of the story at all.
The world in which Naheli lived was intensely rich and well-detailed without too much description, which I appreciate. Personal taste here, but I tend not to like paragraphs full of lush details but still want to know enough to picture a unique world well. This book delivered that.
The only thing that stopped me from enjoying it 100% was that a certain plot point (will she or won’t she?) was repeated what I thought was too many times. It was a constant swing back and forth from two different outcomes. There were definite surprises, but mostly about the same thing. Also, some of the changes in characterization seemed rather abrupt.
This is a writer’s critique of the book, though. The tiny things I mentioned above hardly detracted from the overall enjoyment of the story. It was a good one! I’d recommend this to others who like character-driven fantasy.