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The parts I liked:
1. All the characters are likeable one way or another, especially Kestral and Arin. It is rare for me to not hate one or the other main protagonist in a YA fantasy
2. The writing – it was simple and straightforward. No weird sentences or structures where things don’t really flow.
Parts that weren’t so great:
1. The pacing – Minimal events happened in this book. Between Kestral buying Arin and the events at the end, there was a lot of just normal day to day activities. While I understand they contributed to the story, the plot lacked a certain amount of tension that keeps one’s interest. Even the love story is very low-key, a kind of simmering romance, but even at the end, I don’t feel like the climax was that exciting!
2. The world building – very minimal, pretty much nonexistent – you get two countries, Herran and Valoria, one is the evil conqueror empire and the other have been enslaved. Valoria – martial culture, Herran – music and beauty, that’s pretty much it.
3. The jumps between scenes – The author had a tendency to jump scene to scene. Rather than smoothly transitioning one chapter to another, each chapter had little snippets of scenes. While I appreciate the author is not wasting space on useless events to connect scenes, it all felt a little too broken for the story to flow.
Overall, I can see why this book has so much appeal. I would recommend the series (since I’ve finished the rest of the books) by the time I write this review, but as a first book in a series, it just wasn’t that exciting for me.
I stumbled upon it as a recommendation in an article I read about problematic representation of slavery, and it unmoored me. The political intrigue, the complex fascinating characters, the heartrending romance, the rich world -- all set within a complicated plot exploring war, conquest, colonialism, power dynamics, and the relationships within. I stayed up past 4am (that hasn't happened in a while) and was so sleep deprived I fell asleep on my desk and didn't regret a thing.
You WANT to read this book.
I simply loved this book but I almost don't even know why. It's a simple, easy read with likable characters and decent world building. Maybe it was the cover that drew me in, or the fierceness of 17-year old Kestrel and her growing love of Arin that made me hold this book so close. I am glad to encounter strong female protagonists, one who has a decent amount of brains and brawn but still isn't quite sure where her loyalties lie.
When Kestrel and her friend Jess come across a slave auction, Kestrel ends up purchasing a young male slave simply known as Smith for his work as a blacksmith. Soon afterwards, she experiences something called "the winner's curse" which can really only be called a form of guilt after making an expensive purchase of something that should have been inexpensive. Smith works in Kestral's home as a blacksmith soon becomes Kestrel's escort to society meetings and parties. But Kestrel isn't just anybody. She's General Trajan's daughter, a military man who helped his country of Valoria conquer the Herrani people.
Rumors start to fly about Kestrel and Smith's relationship. Torn between either enlisting in the military or marrying at the age of 20, Kestrel isn't certain she can do either. However, she soon has to make a decision as she's flung into a situation that could mean her life and death, all the while she struggles with her blossoming romantic feelings for her enemy.
Possible spoilers. Read at your own risk.
There were only two problems I had with this book: 1) The way Kestrel and Arin speak to each other along with their respective titles (as mistress and slave) confused me. Yes, it shows Kestrel respects Arin but it confuses me in that "slave" has such a different connotation (in my mind) than a "servant." And the way I viewed Kestrel and Arin's relationship was that of a mistress and a servant than that of a slave.
2) I was also a bit confused as to the romantic feelings that grew between Kestrel and Arin. I mean, don't get me wrong, I really loved it--loved the subtlety and their interactions with each other, but I wasn't quite sure I understand how the two were able to reach the point of mutual romance. Other than that, I really loved the way they had to sneak around, their love for music, and when they were making those half-moon cookies. Could they be any more adorable?