Loved this book, it was well written, the characters were vibrant and alive, and the world building is amazing... I love the world Skies has created in her stunning debut novel; like her characters, the cities and other locations of her world were vibrant, alive and incredibly immersive, and leapt out of my kindle at me as I read.
Mina is a strong character, she deals with self doubt, loss, female teenage emotions, bullying, prejudice, and she has to make some tough decisions and learn to be unselfish. These are all great life lessons and they are dealt with in a book that is going to keep my child engaged through the entire adventure.
The world building is exceptional. The description of the environment and the cultures are nicely detailed to where I can almost taste the sand in my mouth and feel the sweat running in rivulets down my back.
The book gets better the more you read it and I love the subplots that combined all together in the end. Overall, one of the best reads so far for me this year.
When I saw the cover, I was hoping for something a little different and I was NOT disappointed. The concept of Mina going into hiding and, eventually, in disguise in order to train, gain control over herself and ultimately seek revenge is something that I know has been done but not overdone like a lot of YA fantasies. I found it refreshing to see something new for a change.
Trudie Skies was born in Nottingham—Robin Hood country, she says—and now lives in North East England, where she spends the majority of her free time imagining warmer climates and writing about them.
Her less-than-free time is also spent behind a computer keyboard as an IT administrator, and she promises not to bore you with the details. Previously, she worked as a mobile game designer and tester, as well as a professional writer for video game websites.