Synopsis: Vivenna is trained her whole life to wed the God King of Hallandren, but when her father sends her younger sister Siri in her place, she decides to follow her into the foreign land to attempt to save her and prevent a war.
Spoiler Free Review:
Here we are again, another Brandon Sanderson book complete! I didn’t really know what to expect going into this book because the only words I had heard in relation to it were “fun” and “romance”, but as always, I really enjoyed it! I don’t know how he does it, but the magic systems, worlds, and characters that Brandon comes up with are an absolute delight to read about.
I do have to say, it was a fun book! Romance, on the other hand…that’s stretching it. Yes, there is a romance and I did find it pretty cute, but it is a fairly small part of the story, so it doesn’t make sense to call it that. It says it on Brandon’s website, so I’m not just pulling it out of nowhere!
The magic system was so cool! It uses a combination of color and Breath, a property that everyone is born with and can collect from others, in order to animate objects. The more breath someone has, the more they can do and the more powers they gain, like immortality and perfect color recognition. The magic has some pretty cool uses throughout the book.
I enjoyed Siri’s chapters the most out of anyone else in this book. At first, I didn’t really understand how all of the other main characters fit in, so I wasn’t very invested in them and was ready for more of Siri. I just really liked Siri’s personality. She is young, but she is also curious and free-spirited. It was interesting to see how she reacted in the situations she ended up in.
On the other hand, I think Vivenna’s arc was more satisfying. She starts out prim and proper, knowing her place and her value. Through the events of the story, she goes through a lot and has to question her beliefs and prior judgments, as well as herself. It was really interesting to see who she became by the end.
One thing I love about Brandon Sanderson’s books is that I can usually figure out some of the twists if I am trying hard enough, so I will feel very accomplished when I do. Then, an even bigger twist will come along and absolutely blow me away, like those smaller twists were leading me off the trail of the big one! I’m always breathless (no pun intended) when I finish one of his books because the endings are always just so intense in the best way. There is never anything that really seems out of place or unreasonable when I look back at the hints that have been laid down.
There isn’t really too much action in this book, which I appreciate! Actions scenes are usually my least favorite part of a book, so I liked the amount of intrigue in this one a lot.
Once again, I loved another Brandon Sanderson book. It is safe to say that he is one of my favorite authors. I highly recommend any of his books (that I’ve read so far) because they have all been really good!