I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed this book very much. The writing is efficient, and avoids anything excessive or flowery. The story is well plotted, and interesting, but it is the characters that made it really stand out for me. Both Alain and Mari are complex, and well developed characters. I really felt for both of them. I liked that there wasn’t any instant love or even instant attraction. They both have the prejudices of their Guilds, and neither one of them is willing to trust the other at first. It takes time for them to learn to understand, and respect each other before even friendship can begin. I liked that they were both thoughtful characters, and they took time to think about things, and to understand the situation BEFORE they acted. I liked that they learned to appreciate each other, and how their difference often times worked to their benefit. The conflict was interesting, and I liked seeing both of them learning to see beyond what they have been told. The resolution was well done, and while this is the first book in a series, it felt complete. No artificial cliffhanger, or last minute introductions. Overall a very good start of an interesting new series. I can’t wait to read more.