Publication date: May 2013
Source: ARC from publisher
In a world of unbalanced magic, where the neweyr (a female and more nature-oriented magic) and the taweyr (a male more violent, controlling magic) seem completely incompatible, two princesses in opposing kingdoms must find their places. Uniting the two lands seems like the best option, and may just fulfill the prophecy that predicts a healing of their world, but it seems impossible. And if they were to unite, which princess would hold that throne?
Things I Liked:
I have to admit that was an awful summary, but I had a hard time coming up with anything. This book induced some kind of delicious reading addiction for me. I wanted to know what happened - I was dying for the ending and I wanted to see all my characters resolutions. I liked the characters, they were interesting and flawed and so very different, though I admit I didn't much care for Ailsbet and prefered Issa. I think the reading power of the book, it's ability to make you want to know what happens, is its best asset. However, I was ultimately disappointed.
Things I Didn't Like:
I found the ending was not satisfying at all. I felt like the entire book was building up to this great finale and then it just kind of fizzled. I am not sure what I was expecting, which was one reason I was so eager to find out, but what I got left me feeling cheated. I really can't put this into reasonable terms, but I didn't think it was quite good enough for the build up. Also, I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out if there were supposed to be modern-day parallels with the taweyr and neweyr and the ekhonos (people who are born with the "wrong" kind of magic). When I finally stopped spending time wondering what the author was trying to say about it, I enjoyed it more. I am also left wondering if there are sequels or if that ending was supposed to be so ambiguous.
Reminded me a bit of her other books, notably The Princess and the Hound
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
that I recall
a very little bit of action
Overall rating: ***
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