I haven’t really taken part in the regular Hype or Like (Goodreads group!) posts this month because I’ve been completely buried by exam revision but I was happy enough to add this book to my TBR this month to read along with Hype or Like as I already wanted to read it anyway so it was win win.
Kestrel is the daughter of a general of a huge empire, she lives in one of the captured cities and is being groomed by her father to enter the military like him. One days whilst at a market she takes notice of a slave and bids on him at the auction however this slave is more than meets the eye and part of a much grander scheme than one can imagine.
I didn’t expect this book to be what it was, everything about it is reading people for lies and truths. I had heard it was good, obviously as it is a hyped up book, however I didn’t really know much about it. I went in expecting it to be some sort of forbidden love book that centered around that and had a few fantasy elements in the background, but it wasn’t like that at all. There was forbidden love but it was mainly focussed on lies and strategising around what Kestrel knew of people and what she expected to do next.
Whilst I liked Kestrel for the most part I did find it annoying sometimes how over confident she was, I did really like that she wasn’t your classic simpering flower. Kestrel understands people and knows how to work them to the way she wants or can work around what she knows to happen, I found it a really interesting and different mechanic. I adored how she couldn’t really figure out how Arin worked, how she always thought she had the edge but she really didn’t, it made their relationship fun to read.
I occasionally had problems with the world building, it was explained quite well when it came to the politics of the world but I couldn’t really get to grips with what it was like geographically, at times I imagined it to be like the middle east and then other time I imagined it more like Europe and I couldn’t really get my head around it. However, the descriptives were very beautiful at times of the smaller details.
Can we talk about how the dress on the cover is absolute goals? I would love to have a dress like that for my upcoming grad ball, its so pretty.
I can’t wait to see what happens next after the way things were left off, I can tell there’s a lot of drama to come for both the kingdom and also for the relationship between Kestrel and Arin, so once I’m off my self imposed book buying ban I will definitely be picking up the next 2 books.