OH MY WORD. I can't believe I have to wait so long for Book 2. I LOVED this book. Lemme break it down for you now:
-fantastic, deep, and wonderful heroines. This will get me literally. every. single. time. And I love them both. I want to marry them, and cuddle them, and be their best friend (even though it's a totally dangerous job that would get me killed -but they're worth it!)
-the world building is so amazingly rich. Not only do we get to see how the magic works, but there's also deeper layers within.
-masterful plot. I mean truly. Not only in the dual perspective narratives and the different times, but also the sheer scope of the series.
-AND a million other small details: like the maps, and the quotes at the beginning of the chapters, and all those other touches that make a book ABOVE and BEYOND.