we’re back to school, officially.
so before I start, a little background on my reading this book. I was super excited about this book and had heard some awesome things about it. It’s been on my TBR for the longest time, and I finally read it! check that one off the ever-growing-monster-TBR!
I dunno. this book was pretty good, but not my favoritest (it’s a word. don’t question.) It was written well, and it was an interesting story, but it didn’t blow my socks off. I still really enjoyed it though!
As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.
kestrel was really witty and smart, but she was also stubborn and bad at combat/fighting. she was imperfect, and i loved that. kestrel was great at strategizing and very very intelligent! i liked having a heroine that wasn’t so strong physically, but could blackmail you to death. refreshing. also, she played piano a lot. secretly, she was my favorite, but don’t tell arin.
arin is the slave that kestrel purchased. obviously, as you can probably tell, he is kestrel’s love interest. i didn’t really get to know his character that well until about halfway through, but he was a good character! HE WAS A TOTAL JERK IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE BOOK. but I forgive him because he was SO CUTE sometimes. exhibit a: he braids kestrel’s hair for her. exhibit b: he teaches kestrel how to sew a button and many other small cute things.
so yeah. those are the two main characters. the romance between them was not instalove, so yay! their relationship was very complex, and it had much room to develop in the next books!
the cover IS SO PRETTY. enough said. *cough* it may or may not be the reason why i chose to read this book *cough*
i loved the world it was set it. to me, it sort of read like a fantasy version of ancient Rome. it was set in a violent world, but there were also some very political aspects to the society. it was good to see both.
BONUS: the book was not gigantically huge, and the world building was still amazing without any info dumping.
the writing was pretty beautiful. it was raw and emotional and totally had me wanting to read more. it was almost addictive.
|just look at that cover. GAHH.|