I actually struggled a bit with this one.
But let me start off with this- I loved Elise Kova’s other series (Air Awakens) and I think she’s a fun author with a brilliant mind. I was really expecting to love this one and I was excited to see how her writing grew. And grew it did- the writing was much improved in comparison. But I just connected to her other series more- perhaps because the genre resonated with me more.
This one was a bit confusing. I kept trying to connect but had a difficult time doing so with all the descriptions/world building. Honestly its hard to put a finger on what I didn’t like because there were a lot of really neat/unique elements in this book. Think fantasy meets steampunk with hints of sci fi. Elise had some legit world building going on (even if it was too much for me). The names, races, and magic system are unlike anything else I’ve read before. The characters were multi dimensional with loads of backstory which I appreciated. Some of the relationships were gray- especially that of Florence and Arianna.
I think part of my problem was the pace. The first half – even a little more – is just traveling. Not that nothing happened, but I just struggled with it. As I mentioned above, the descriptions were so vast and lush that I couldn’t keep it all straight in my head. I kept getting lost. The last half was a bit easier to swallow and I liked some of the fight scenes/etc.
So this is more of a “its me, not you” situation because my brain just couldn’t handle everything. Either way, give it a go if you feel like this genre is appealing! Also check out her other series if you’re looking for a fun fantasy/romance!