My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Type of Ending ... "To Be Continued and Bittersweet Ending"
Okay ... so I started with the ending because I really don't like this type of ending and frequently will dock a book up to a full star on the ratings depending on how unfinished the story feels at that point. In this case, there was some resolution on the main character's redemption arc, but most of the major plot conflicts were left hanging. This is the ONLY reason this story doesn't get five (5) stars.
This is a science-fantasy story that blends technology with magic and seems to be part of a growing trend that I really enjoy. To be fair, it mostly comes down on the magic side for this book with what appears to be more tech coming up in the sequel. With this in mind, I really enjoyed the world building here (and I was completely impressed with the pronunciation guide in the FRONT of the book). Not quite dystopian, the story does take place within the seedy underbelly of society (aka organized crime) and was told from the POV of an anti-hero (which again seems to be all the rage these days).
What truly sets this book apart though is the character driven story where I had no trouble identifying with most of the characters AND all of the characters had a unique voice. The cast of characters are all dealing with loyalty, love, vengeance and forgiveness and the author gives you a front row seat to watch the struggle without any over the top drama. Ultimately I think that is why the "hero's journey" of the main character worked so well for me ... and I am absolutely invested in what comes next for her.
I was given this free advance review copy (ARC) ebook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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