That book. Was really really good.
Intriguing magic system, fully-fleshed characters, plot twists that I never saw coming, and never a dull moment. We once again see the story from Dev and Kiran's perspectives, but there is so much more than them. From the Alathians to Ruslan and co., everyone had a common goal but a different agenda.
It feels nice to read a book where the entire plot is not Good Guys vs Bad Guys, Good Guys do good things for the Greater Good, Bad Guys do bad things because that's what Bad Guys do. No one in this book is 100% good. There is no boy scouts, no one rushing to sacrifice themselves because that's what's expected of the good guys, to place the goal before their own needs and wishes.
It could so easily have been more black and white, but I thank the Gods it wasn't, because it's in the different shades of its characters that this book really stands out. That and the non-stop action and twists. Every time I thought the story was going to go a certain way, the plot took a different turn. My only critiques would be the total lack of levity (don't go in there expecting a laugh, these characters are allowed no fun, there is no time for jokes because murders), and the fact that the villain of this book wasn't as well-rounded and as fleshed out as the others. We didn't learn much about him besides his basic motivation and what pushed him to it. And while those reasons were valid (because mages can be real dicks), he was more of a means to an end, really. But it worked, and served to pave the ground to the next Bad Guy, who's not really a guy. But I won't say anything else, because you know, spoilers.
All in all, a wonderful book that I can't recommend enough.
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