Super descriptive and detailed; Dark start

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I don't feel totally qualified to review a book just based on the first couple of chapters, but I will try.
I really liked the fantasy development; already, there is a lot of detail and description characteristic of Lu. The battle scene was also incredibly detailed and easy to follow. Talin, the heroine, seems very likable and strong so far. I think it's an interesting twist that she can't talk.
I did think the major event of the first chapter was relatively predictable. I'm not sure if that was on purpose or not. Also, it started out pretty dang dark and depressing. Not my cup of tea, but hopefully there is more hope in the next few chapters.
Overall, I am definitely interested in finishing this book. It seems very well developed and engaging, if a little bit dark so far.