This is such strong start!! I love the mystery, I love the potential benefactor, and I love the tone of this story. I desperately want to know more about this world and magic system. I skimmed the synopsis and there were some elements that didn't show up in the first few chapters, so I'm interested to see how those factor in. I really hope that the Buc's character development is good because she has the potential to be one of my favourite characters of all time.
Sidenote - this cover does not match the book at all. I really don't like it. I think it's just too crowded? Or crowded in a bad way. I would not have picked this book up on my own because of the cover. The font on the title page was much better.