I received this book as an ARC through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
I wanted to like this story. The concept is interesting, and the cover is really pretty, but I found myself unable to buy into the story. I found Nikola to be too weak willed, and too whiny. I didn't buy Ignatius's obsession with Nikola, and why he decides to do what he does. The romance felt too forced, and I never could understand why these characters fell for each other at all. I actually was rooting for the people trying to break Nikola out, and I never developed any sort of warm feelings for Ignatius, and his situation. Sorry, you torture, and have people burned alive for having magic you're not exactly making my Christmas card list. The ending twist was the final nail in the coffin for me, and was truly a head desk moment for me.