I really enjoyed this one and was completely enthralled by the world build by Aerin. The world building was fabulous and I loved how the names of each kingdom were based on different things, like herbs, precious stones etc.
I thought that Phire was a really strong and independent woman, a fab role model in my opinion. I loved that even in the face of adversity, she never gave up and lived her life to the fullest. I thought that her relationship was Rian was beautiful and that the bond they had was very precious. I did find some of their interactions a bit cheesy but this didn’t stop me from loving them.
I loved how him and his friends accepted Phire into their group, even though she wasn’t from their land and by all accounts could have been the enemy. There was fabulous queer rep throughout this book, which I love to see.
I am so excited to see what happens in book 2 and I can’t wait for it to come out. If you love an adventurous fantasy, then this is a book you should get on and read!
First of all, the world building of this one made for a thoroughly entertaining and intriguing read. It slowly unravelled as the story did and had me absolutely gripped! I’m still trying to decide which kingdom I’d fit into.
Our main character, Phire, was absolutely incredible; a strong and independent fierce female with a hard past leading to horrendous circumstances. Her ability to stay strong and carve a path that she wanted out of life despite everything, made for an incredible plot to follow!
Phire’s relationship with Rian was incredible… heartwarming, emotional and just so bloody fabulous to read! The impositions and restrictions placed on relationships (to do with class, blood status, queer identity etc) were horrendous but the relationships happening in spite of those absolutely warmed my heart.
If you love adventurous stories of found families pushing back at corruption, with plenty of fantastical world building then you need to pick this up!!! It was *chef’s kiss*.
I am looking forward to the second book already!
I bloody loved this one!