Having not yet read the first two books of this series I was concerned that I might find myself totally at sea without the backstory, but this is indeed a standalone story set in this well described world.
Good world building, the characters are believable and the Proxy system for extending lives was both interesting and rather unsettling. And the dragons were fun!
Xinlas is a rather unlikeable character initially and if ever an arrogant, ego-inflated and oft times irritating adolescent could benefit from meeting someone like young Greengrass, it was he.
There are quite a few repetitive patches, not sure why the author included quite so many as they weren't dealing with a difficult to grasp concept. I skimmed past the repetitive info, but it did halt the story's flow and for that, it lost a star.
Overall, an enjoyable, cliché-free fantasy that has definitely piqued my interest in reading the first two books of this series.
I received an e-ARC and voluntarily chose to write a review.