This book. Is amazing, I put it down not three minutes ago and I am currently buzzing with the thrill of finishing a good book and starting a fantastic series. It was spectacularly written and the story line was beautifully developed; it was an intricate work of art that I loved reading. I cannot even being to describe how happy I am with this book, but I am certainly going to give it my best shot.
To start off with I unfortunately have to point out two minimal negative. Firstly, I wish that the romantic sub-plotline was a little more developed, while the build-up was beautiful subtly and not at all like a cheesy romance where you just have to roll your eyes, I feel like if it weren’t for the blurb revealing how it would go I wouldn’t have seen he romance coming and therefore, it would’ve been an out of nowhere occurrence, it also seemed like the development to the point of romantic action was a little rushed to build further up the sequence of events leading to the end. I feel like we weren’t given enough time to properly enjoy the pairing before chaos ensued. Another negative which is barely even a problem was a slight nuance of predictability. I kind of saw the plot-line evolving the way it did before it actually started developing. Now, I’m not sure if it’s because I’m such a seasoned reader that I can spot familiar tropes a kilometre away or if it was just the writing; so I’m only going to mention it instead of talking about it more, just in case it is just me.
Now that the gross negatives are out of the way, on the the gushing and frankly overwhelming compliments and good opinions on this book. HOLY CRAP it was fantastic!
So, right away we’re thrown unceremoniously into the story; and not in the ‘what the heck is going on?’ kind of way, but being thrown smack bang into the story and introduced to Yelena who is a prisoner, whose sentence of hanging is about to be carried out when she is given an unexpected reprieve. Continue on with her fate, to meet the noose or to become the Commander’s food taster, to risk her life everyday in order to ensure the leader of her country’s food to test for poison. She chooses to take the position and beings training under the eye of Valek, the commander’s advisor. The story is set in a fantasy setting; a country called Ixia where they are under martial law with a man called the Commander heading the country. The country is then further split into 8 section with each section under the rule of a General under the Commander’s rule. It’s an intricately written story and Snyder does beautifully to set it up without the reader feeling overwhelmed by information. It’s done in a way that’s gradual and uses language we can understand and told through flashbacks and other characters stories to reveal how the world is shaped, formed and run. For me, fantasy has always been a challenge; but this series is brilliant and brings a whole new amount of faith into my exploration into the genre. It is truly hard to write a fantastic fantasy novel with a balance of information and plot working together; but Snyder has done it ten-fold. I cannot wait to read the next instalment in her series, and hopefully any others she has written after that.
This book is beautiful written and published, It is a wonderful beginning to what i hope will be a wonderful and fantastic series. I would recommend it to anyone who ants to read a good fantasy novel to open them up to the series.
Til Next Time,