My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I picked this up because I kinda liked Slave, which is a totally different series I haven't finished. (Maybe I should finish that one.)
There is Eris, the unwanted child from the evil land, marked with a darkness she doesn't know of yet. And then there is Etan, the servant boy from the good land, who rises to be a knight. They meet once, twice. They never forget each other. Then war comes.
The story switches between both of their perspectives. Which is fine, but they don't actually meet each other again until about the 70% mark. I don't know why this irks me. Maybe it's the parallel storylines that don't quite meet. Maybe I just found Etan annoying. (Maybe I am in an irritable mood, I have been finding many characters and books annoying.) Then they have all sorts of assumptions about each other (or he does about her).
Or maybe it's the frequent use of foreshadowing lines that pull you out of the story.
Whatever it was, it was an interesting story, but it didn't quite pull me in.
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