Plenty of secrets and twists in this story, so it kept me turning pages.
Warning: it's a grimmer story than Burke usually writes. Still nothing I wouldn't hand to my teenager (it's not HUNGER GAMES for sure), but I was a little surprised since I've read nearly all her work and this addressed much darker themes, like betrayal and genocide.
It didn't get five stars from me because Bryce was too perfect. I wanted him to have a flaw but unless there's such a thing as loving someone too much, he didn't have one.
Kitrin evolved rather quickly into a girl who fought back. I liked her, but I felt the evolution from naive and over-protected to "my magic will save Bryce" was a little sudden. She's certainly a shero worth believing in and cheering for, however.
My interest in the magic system is piqued. I'll be looking to learn even more about how it works in the next book.
I'm anxiously awaiting the next installment. Not that this wasn't a complete story. There wasn't a cliffhanger, but the story is only beginning.
I love that Burke always plans to release complete trilogies within a few months. No endless waiting game to find out what happens next.
A perfect read for fans of magic and romance.