I hadn’t read any by either of this duet of authors before, so I had no idea what to expect. I’m glad to say I found myself pleasantly surprised. The fantastical elements were just the right amount, and described/explained just enough for me to grasp and stay tuned as to the happenings. The lack of romance was a little disappointing, although there was an array of choices for the MC. I liked the MC a lot. Evalle is feisty, yet vulnerable, and totally relatable, and the plot seemed well thought out to me. My only bugbear is that the story didn’t exactly end, leaving the reader no choice but to buy the next book and continue reading if they want to find out what happens next. In spite of that, I’d be happy to recommend this book to my friends. It was a decent read.