I liked Kestrel who is the Generals daughter destined to either join the army or get married. There was a lot more to Kestrel than we first were told and I like that this information was given to us slowly and when it made sense to the story. I enjoyed that Kestrel wasn't like a lot of YA heroines we read about who are needy and complain all the time, she can hold her own. The same goes for Arin who is a little bit of a mystery at the beginning of the book and I still feel like we dont know everything at the end.
I really wish we had spent some more time with Ronan and Jess the time we did spend with them was interesting and personally I quite liked the Kestrel and Ronan pairing that was hinted at until Kestrel met Arin.
I like that the story allowed Kestrel to be both the dress wearing princess type and also train and have the ability to fight it means that Kestrel is strong and confident without needing anyone there to protect her.
I wasnt 100% convinced with the relationship between Kestrel and Arin in the beginning and tbh I am not sure I am convinced on it now but it was interesting to watch their relationship change as the their environment did.
I have the second book in the series and I am interested to get into it the end of this book was picking up speed so hopefully the next book doesn't disappoint
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