This is a poignant tale of a gifted girl who grows into a woman in an environment that either kills or exploits those with uncanny gifts.
This is the first book in a series. The author does a superb job in crafting a confused young woman facing self doubt and distrust on every side. Neryn is likeable but she is troubled, unable to trust in herself or anyone else. Flint comes into her life. Flint is unbelievably noble and self sacrificing.
The combination of these two complex characters provides a high level of character tension that propels the story forward. My recommendations are not so much a review as an expression of like or dislike on my feelings for a book. I particularly like books that provoke emotion. If a story captures my feelings and evokes emotion, I will normally like it.
The uncanny folk provide the necessary color and flair
to the story. Their diversity and their abilities provide a savory touch.
I really liked the book.
I recommend the book.
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