Already from the first pages I can tell that Ibanez understands the night, both its beauty and its terror. Ximena and her people are living on the edge of starvation and despair, protected but also trapped in their last remaining stronghold. The food is running out, their resistance fighters have been gone too long, and their hope is dwindling. What can moon magic do against the blood magic of Atoc? Catalina, the true heir, wants to preserve hope and kindness, but Ximena knows more drastic measures are necessary. The contrast between their positions makes for wonderful tension even before Atoc's minions show up. And with the gorgeous prose, it's impossible to look away from even the most difficult discussions. This book is going to be something truly special.