Okay. It’s about monsters, so that’s awesome. The world itself is fascinating, though the world building at times is a bit forced. I like it better when I learn a bit as I go, rather than having the backstory forced on me, which is how I felt at the start of the novel.
However, I have to say things smoothed out for me after a few chapters, and I really got into this. The characters were interesting. Even though I don’t feel like a whole lot actually happens in the start of the book, the ending kicked things up a notch. I’m hopefully that this is a great starting point for an interesting series, and the next book just blows my socks off.
There were a few things that seemed a bit inconvenient, and it initially seemed to be leaning hard towards romance over fantasy. However, by the end, I would say the fantasy factor was very high, and the romance factor was extremely low. I can’t decide how I feel about that, because I love fantasy. That makes me wish more time had been thrown into the issues of the world, rather than the two main characters and the will-they-or-won’t-they-be-a-thing conundrum.
Despite how wordy this review is, I really did enjoy this story and world, and when book 2 comes out, I will definitely read it. I am hoping book 2 embraces the monsters even more, because when you have a world that dark and vicious, I just want the writing to be a bit darker and . . . bloodier? More painful? Messier? I wanted some additional ugly oomph, I guess, if that makes any sense, which it probably doesn’t.