Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: September 2012
Source: Review copy sent by publisher
Things I Liked:
I was immediately sucked into this delightful fantasy. The setting (for some reason, deserts cultures are always so fascinating to me) felt so real. I loved Liyana and the struggles internally and externally she faced. I also really liked seeing the idea of the vessels from different perspectives - not everyone was eager to give up their lives, while some wanted to die for the good of their people. Korbyn was really fascinating too and so much fun - I have a soft spot for the trickster gods. I loved the glass serpents and the sand wolves and so many other magical details that just added to the complexity of the fantasy world. A great read with plenty of action and intrigue. All those beautiful little details like the bells and the description of her dress and the love of the desert made this one come to life for me.
Things I Didn't Like:
What disappointed me most was the romance near the end. It seemed almost to come out of nowhere and have no true basis. I liked the slow burn for the romance during most of the book, but then something suddenly popped up and threw that off for me. I was disappointed by that. But, since much of the book is not about romance, I was still able to enjoy it. The ending was rather surprising in good ways too. Overall, I really enjoyed this fantasy; felt like a classic at times.
Definitely kept reminding me of The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
Also, The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
And Chalice by Robin McKinley
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
that I recall
mostly kissing, though some other implied stuff
action fighting, but not graphic
Overall rating: ****
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