This is another book I picked up at my local book fair and as usual, it’s hit and miss with those. This one… Well, let’s just say it didn’t quite touch the target.
The idea behind this story is compelling – the history explained in the prologue had me intrigued! And Alera was in the position to be an influential and strong character. However, she was rather boring and her decisions were quite childish. In one instance she demanded to be present at the interrogation of a prisoner and I thought, “Yes, this character is growing.” But then she tattled on her bodyguard and my thoughts were the exact opposite.
I did like how the author ended the book. As cringy as the outcome was, it left room for an interesting plot to develop in book #2. However, I don’t think I will be reading the next book. And enough said – I will leave it at that.