Wow, what an opening to what looks to be a fantastic fantasy story. Off the bat I loved how dark and intense this novel seems to be. There are stakes and a lot of things at risk. The magic system was intriguing as well. It was something I've never read before, which is always a good thing. Sometimes I feel like I've read so many fantasy stories that have slightly different magic systems but the same overall, but this was NOT the case here.
The world building wasn't overwhelming either which is another thing I greatly appreciate. It can feel as if you're drowning in so many words when the world building is going on, but this book made it enjoyable and made you want to read more about this land.
It was unique and fresh overall and I greatly look forward to reading the book in its entirety. So excited to jump headfirst into a new world of adventures.