Raised in fear of her elemental power, Seren has spent her life protecting her exiled people and trying to live up to their legends. When that responsibility is brutally taken from her, she and her shapeshifting friend Atomi must enter a divided world where their very existence is treason. Axys is a land of peace and prosperity for those in the Eternal Lady’s favour, but her benevolence comes at a cost that Seren and Atomi are unwilling to bear.
A storm wind stirs the long dormant ashes of rebellion.
Their legend is only just beginning.
“Five minutes, ten minutes, the rest of my existence. Whatever you ask for as long as you will have me.”
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
At the start, I felt like I was thrown into a world where everything had a strange name and had no idea what was going on. There is always an adjustment period when starting a new book to get used to the author’s writing style. But once I got used to it, the story really took off.
There were point of view changes mid chapter. It was in third person so it was not as confusing as if it were in first person but it was still hard to keep track of sometimes when you think you’re following one character just to switch to another. There were also a lot of characters to keep track of in general. It was almost as if King had this huge plot that takes place all over the world she created and she would jump from place to place. I would arguably say that there could have been too much going on at times and it got a bit confusing to keep up.
I can really appreciate the world that Ling set out to create. The story is really creative and unique. I do feel like the character relationships and emotion could have been developed a bit more but I also recognize how hard it is to take what may be a clear picture in the author’s mind and translate it to words on a page
Overall, this was a really unique and beautiful story that has a lot of potential. It just needs to be cleaned up a tad and perhaps slowed down a bit to really develop the story. I have no doubt that King can take this series in an amazing direction and I can’t wait to see where it goes next.