My rating: 3 of 5 stars
An urban fantasy with the chosen one trope. While it was a fairly easy read and it comes with the “feel good” ending I was looking for, it took a few strange mind bender trips toward the end that didn’t quite work for me. This was not helped by the tendency to use flashbacks as info dumps (a lot of which could have gone into a prologue). Then stir in a healthy dose of time travel hijynx and it seems like we get a bit of "try everything and hope somethings works" approach to the story. Add this to a general feel of a simple writing style typical of YA fantasy, and the narrative comes across as pretty mechanical. The magic system of connecting with souls to "grimoires" was actually kind of interesting, as was the elemental divisions of magic (into 8).
All that said … I did still enjoy it as something I didn’t have to think much about (so a solid beach read or airport/travel pastime) and it kept me engaged enough to rock through it fairly quickly and the author avoided any big mistakes that would have been hard to ignore … so I might pick up the next one if I am in the right mood.
I was given this free advance review copy (ARC) ebook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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