Author: Sebastien De Castell.
Publisher: Hot Key Books.
Page count: 340.
Release day: October 5th 2017.
Genre: YA, Fantasy.
Rating: 3.5 stars.
*See my review for book one here!*
What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)
It’s a few months since Kellen left his
people behind. Now aged sixteen, Kellen is an outlaw, relying on his wits to
keep him alive in the land of the Seven Sands. He misses home, he misses family
and more than anything, he misses Nephenia, the girl he left behind.
Then he meets Seneira, a blindfolded girl who isn’t blind, and who carries a secret that’s all too familiar to Kellen. Kellen and Ferius resolve to help – but the stakes are far higher than they realise. A Shadowblack plague is taking hold – and Kellen can’t help but suspect his own people may even be behind it.
To be very short, I really like the characters and the writing style, but I think there could be a bit more action.
But let’s elaborate a bit. The characters are definitely the best part of the book. With the squirrel cat being the absolute best of the book! I love how Kellen keeps making mistakes, but learning from it, it makes him a very ‘real’ characters. He gets mad when people don’t properly explain things to him, and not just randomly does things because others tell him to! The relation between Kellen and Ferius is so good, I love that it’s not an easy relation to define, and it Is not always perfect.
Also the relation between Seneira and the other characters was interesting!
The writing of Sebastien De Castell is amazing! It reads so easily, and reads so quickly!
I enjoyed the twist at the end, even though it was pretty obvious, and saw it coming. But it was a good ending!
The only thing that I had ‘problems’ with was the amount of action. Or something, I’m not really sure how to name it. There were things happening all the time, but they all felt very mild?! I do think it is partly because of the writing, even though I love the writing. It made the story go by very easily, so maybe that is why the action didn’t feel so big idk. I feel like I’m not really properly explaining this..
I am very excited to read the third book sometime soon!