I received a finished copy of this book, through Best of Booktok, in exchange for an honest review.
Content Warnings: Blood/gore, violence, murder, racism, classism, loss of loved ones, and detailed sexual scenes.
I stumbled onto the summary of this book when I got an email from BestofBooktok.com and was instantly intrigued. Since I was sent a free physical copy, to annotate to my heart’s content, I went ahead and read it on KU first and then annotated through my physical copy. I really love having my highlights posted on Goodreads, so if I have a book that also has a KU option, or it’s readily available on the Libby app, I’ll go ahead and read the digital version first. One of the reasons I like to do this is convenience, if it’s a thicker book and I need to run errands I can leave the book at home and pull the e-book up on my phone.
As a sucker for main character evolutions, I LOVED watching Ember go from a scared wanderer, taught that relationships cause complications and she needed to always be moving, to someone who found a home and a new family that loved and accepted her. Watching her learn to trust in herself, and others, as well as finding her own strength, both magically and physically, had me cheering for her throughout the book.
We also watch Gavyn, someone who’s always been made to feel like, outside of his brothers and sisters, no one would ever want to be with him for more than a few nights. Watching Gavyn go from a gruff, and VERY grumpy, man to someone who finally feels like maybe he deserves a HEA with someone who shines brightly…had me wanting to squish his cheeks and give him a hug.
Ember was taught to only be loyal to and protect herself…Gavyn was taught to only protect and be loyal to his siblings…but together they learn to see the value in themselves, as well as each other…and maybe the risk is worth the reward of opening up to each other.
I enjoyed Ember and Gavyn’s love story so much and cannot wait until next April when we get another book, and another couple’s love story, in this series. Having enjoyed the lore, and characters we met, in book one I’m excited to see how it expands in book two.