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It took me a little bit to get into this one, but on the whole it was a fantastic read. There were some parts that were a bit choppy or vague, which made it a little difficult to get my barrings at the start. As the story went on though, I really got caught up in the characters, history, and environments created in this book. Wonderful world-building and I especially liked the folklore elements.
The characters were really interesting as well. An Tzu was instantly fascinating to me and I want to learn more about his backstory. I also really liked Jax, although his secret is pretty obvious right from our first up close and personal meeting with him. I could have done without Oona's constant self deprecation, but I get how it impacted the story. I do really hope Fern makes appearances in the other books in the series.
Overall, I thought this was a great intro book to the series. When I first started it, I wasn't sure if I would continue reading them, but three-fourths of the way in, I knew this was something I wanted to see to the end.