I’ve been waiting for this one
Right off the bat, before you even get to the actual story, the extras already draw you in. I always appreciate (and desperately hope for) some sort of breakdown of the world and important figures when I crack open a new fantasy book, and this one didn’t disappoint. I miss reading books with chapter titles, and this one has that as well. There are portraits of some of those important figures, plus portraits of the narrator Zephyr and her friend Lotus, who you are introduced to almost immediately. And the final two details I love are the map (I love maps in books!) and the poem, titled Stanza One. The writing style was good and enjoyable, and I can tell this is a book I won’t be able to put down. I read one of Joan He’s previous books, The Ones We’re Meant to Find, and loved it, and I anticipate this book being no different.