I only exclude the first few chapters, because for some reason, the introduction to Raine, Jem, and Leif didn’t resonate with me. It wasn’t that it was bad, or boring; it just didn’t pull me along for a ride I didn’t want to get off. That is the only reason I am giving this four stars, instead of five.
Once Raine and the others embark on their journey to fight with the resistance against the evil king, I was hooked though! The author maintains a fantastic balance between action, description, and dialogue, so that you are always immersed in the story. All of the characters are well developed and interact in a believable and realistic manner. I particularly liked the fact that the main character was a strong woman character that didn’t get bogged down in a romantic relationship. While she has a few flirting scenes, and the reader can see a possible relationship building, it is very much a secondary plot point.
The plot is well designed, with a good helping of surprise twists and turns to keep the reader on their toes.
I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series, and highly recommend this to any science fiction fans out there!