Thank you to Edelweiss for the e-galley.
I’ll go right into it and tell you the things I liked:
This book smacks you in the face, right off the bat. We’re introduced to Amora, a princess who does some crazy stuff and ends up on a ship with a pirate who is strangely intriguing in a Nikolai Lantsov kind of way when he does that thing to what’s her face but is still charming AF. Amora is neat as a character because she’s powerful, yet sensitive, and knows herself enough to know what’s right and what’s wrong and how to go about making things right and all that. Side characters were a major plus, especially Fennick…poor cinnamon roll. He just had the hardest of times.
THE THINGS THAT DID NOT MESH WITH ME:
The world-building confused me as it reminded me a whole lot of different worlds that have already been done, but all smashed up into one. I sort of couldn’t get a grip on what sort of book it was. Quirky fantasy, dark in your face violent fantasy or what.
Amora was also up and down for me. It turns out she’s just the typical princess character we see in most YA books. That is not to say she wasn’t a great character, because she was. I like fierce women in literature. I love princesses who go after what they want and not settle for what their parents, kingdom, society, etc., want. She was just familiar to me, and nothing truly stood out about her.
The story dived about the time when the antagonist arrived, and I found myself skimming. The reveals weren’t too surprising, save for pretty cool one.
All in all, I relished the journey, and I’ll probably buy the book for the cover alone. To have on my shelf, and hope to have someday a cover for one of my books that looks this delicious.