by Hilari Bell (Goodreads Author)
I enjoyed reading this book, and loved the magic system! Nothing and no one is quite what you expect, because we see the world through Dayven’s eyes, and he has only known rumors and propaganda. He believes the enemies of his nation are stupid barbarians, and we are just as amazed as he is to observe that they have an elegant and vibrant culture. He believes that all wizards are selfish deceivers, and we are just as astonished as he is to realize that the wizards are compassionate champions of justice. I loved going on this journey of discovery with Dayven as he explores the truth of his world.
I loved the characters, and how they are described in just a few words that gives you a rich picture of who they are. I immediately connected with the main characters, and was pulled along in their emotional story.
I felt like the plot was a little too simple, and I wanted more of a conclusion at the end. Dayven makes his big decision about where his loyalties lie and what path his destiny will take, but there is great deal of the plot line that is left to the imagination. I like more closure at the end of a story, and it could have been neatly wrapped up in a short epilogue, but we’re left hanging.