Published: February 26th, 2019
Synopsis: Ead is a lady-in-waiting at the Inys court, where she is an outsider and is tasked with secretly protecting the queen. Arteloth is a Inys nobleman sent in exile to be an ambassador and spy in a land that has turned to the ways of worshiping Wyrms. Tané is across the sea in Seiiki, where she is training to be a dragon rider when she gets caught up with a forbidden outsider. The doctor Niclays has been exiled from the West for trying to do the impossible. As the threat of the Nameless One, approaches, everyone must prepare for the coming conflict in their own way.
I have to say, this book was so intimidating!! It is the biggest book physically I own, so carting it to work for over a week was quite tiring.
All I knew about this book before starting was that it had to do with a queendom and dragons. That isn’t wrong, but it really is a lot more than that. The complexity of this story was really refreshing, and while it was slow at times, it wasn’t very hard to follow. At first, it definitely took me a little bit to get oriented in the world.
There are four different points of view in this book, which is usually something I enjoy, but I definitely found myself favoring Ead’s point of view to the point where I found myself getting disappointed when it wasn’t an Ead chapter. At the end however, I did find myself not really minding the other points of view. Overall though, I understand why we needed those other points of view throughout the story because they were important for a full rounded view of the world.
My one problem with the writing style was that the word “learnèd” was repeated so often. It was used sort of like a title, but it wasn’t a fomal title. Other than that though, I thought the writing was easy enough to follow and not overly descriptive.
I think the magic system in this world is very cool. I feel like the magic itself is kind of a spoiler, so I won’t go into it, but I liked it. Also, the dragons sounded super cool, and I liked that there was a distinction between dragons and wyrms.
I absolutely adored the romance in this book. It definitely isn’t overpowering to the story, but it is still fairly prominent. I think it was done so well and I’m really happy with how things ended.
Speaking of the ending, I really, really liked it. I was crying over characters that I previously hadn’t cared about at all. I guess an 800-page book will let you get connected to the characters! I like how things resolved, but the ending was still kind of left open-ended. It felt hopeful, like the characters still had things to accomplish and lives to live, even though the story was over.
I really, really loved this book! I definitely think I want to reread it in the future, though the sheer size of it will probably stop me from doing it anytime soon.