One-sentence review: Overall a good book with a predictable romance, a decent protagonist, and an annoying “sidekick.”
The good: I thought the book was well written, if a little lacking in substance. The romance was good, Dashti was a pretty good main character, and Tegus was awesome. I ended up rooting for Dashti and Tegus, and I loved My Lord the cat and how he finally helped Saren snap out of her craziness.
The bad: Holy cow was Lady Saren annoying! I know that some characters are just supposed to be unlikable, but this one was a little much–though she did calm down later. I thought the lore could’ve been a little more detailed, and I thought it was weird that the bad guy turns into a wolf. Really? We get that he’s a terrible person, but let’s make him a little more believable. The song stuff was a little weird too–even for fantasy.
Bottom line: I would recommend this book for sure, and I did enjoy it once I got into it. It’s just not my favorite of Hale’s. Her Books of Bayern and Princess Academy are a lot better.