Content Warnings: Violence, blood/gore, torture, murder, PTSD, child soldiers, death of loved ones, and mention of cannibalism.
This is one of those books that just gets better each time you read it. The first time I read this book I honestly didn’t know what I was getting into. Traci has created such a magical world that you can’t help wanting to fully explore.
In this first book, we’re introduced to a bunch of different characters, as well as jumping between a bunch of different perspectives. Altogether, we bounce between seven different people’s perspectives/stories in book one.
Our main journey, that we follow, is Sefia’s as she’s thrust into the world alone and must find answers that she didn’t know she needed. When the story first begins Sefia is 14, close to 15, and as we are closer to the end of the book she is 16. Sefia has lost everyone she’s ever cared about and is determined to hunt those that hunt her in order to get answers and revenge for all that she’s lost.
Along her journey Sefia meets, and frees, Archer a young man who was taken as a child, scarred, and forced to fight other young boys to the death. The trauma of being forced to murder, and then being locked in a box for extended periods of time, caused Archer to not only forget his past but also to become mute. After Sefia sets him free, unaware of who he is or where he’s from, Archer decides to follow Sefia and help her get answers from, and revenge on, those that have wronged them.
As we draw closer, to the end of the book, some of the perspectives/stories start to connect. When I first read this book, I struggled to see why there were so many different stories being told, and so many perspectives being switched too. Upon this re-read, I’m in even more awe of the way Traci has woven, and connected, all these stories together. Traci truly is an amazing storyteller.
Fun things you’ll find within these pages are…A world without a written language, pirates, war themes, secret societies, cannibals, magic, prophecies, and so much more.
This is definitely a story that you’ll want to re-read so you can see the breadcrumbs of how all the different stories are connected. Having read this book three times now…I’m still in awe of how Traci crafted this book and that THIS was her debut novel. Such a fantastic fantasy world that I love to immerse myself in.
Not going to lie…this book took me a bit to get into (like 150 pages *nervous laugh*)…but once I did…I COULDN’T PUT IT DOWN! I’m not used to reading a book that switches between a bunch of different viewpoints, so that threw me off a bit, and it’s so mysterious…just giving you little bits of information at a time…amazing story though. I’m so glad I bought the entire trilogy so I don’t have to wait to start book 2!