I bought this book after seeing an ad comparing it to the Outlander and All Souls series. So my expectation was this would be a well researched fanta..Show More »sy novel supported by actual historical detail sufficient to make you almost believe the fantasy. Unfortunately that wasn't the case. This book is a straight out fantasy with no detail to lend even a hint of believability. And it should be properly labeled. It wasn't even classified as YA, much less teen or preteen which seems a much better fit. It certainly wasn't geared towards adults.
I realize this is the first book in a trilogy so the overarching plot line can't be revealed in too much detail. But there were gapping holes in the story that had to explained in order for the first book to make sense. And they weren't. Nor were many of the primary character's actions remotely plausible.
All of this said, it was not an enjoyable reading experience. But I don't blame the author as much as her publisher. Their promotion of this book set the bar far too high. If not for the ad I would have remained blissfully unaware of this book. It isn't a book I would ever selected if I had done a little research instead of relying on ad. And I know better than that. So it is my fault too.
But I think the author and the publisher would have been much better served if they marketed this to a younger fantasy market. Not people who enjoy well researched historical fiction with a little fantasy and romance on the side.