A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. But Sal must survive to put their real reason for auditioning into play: revenge.
This book wasn’t bad. I enjoyed the fact that it had a genderfluid MC in it, you don’t normally see that in books, and how detailed it was. I also loved the plot and how unique it was, except for TOG, but that doesn’t count. The setting was also very intriguing but I didn’t get the thing about the shadows very much. If you want to hear more than you should read on.
The characters were very interesting. I enjoyed having a gender-fluid character for once, we don’t normally hear of them but they are there. I especially liked how the other characters reacted to Sal and him being gender-fluid. It was very eye-opening. All of the characters changed a lot over the course of this book. I also enjoyed the way that the characters interacted with each other and that even though they were supposed to kill each other, some of them still became friends. I’m not sure what that was about. I loved most of the characters and wish the ones that survived a happy ending.
My favorite character was probably Sal. I got to know him more than any other character and I enjoyed his perspective on life. I wanted to learn more about his past and can’t wait to see what happens in his future. I enjoyed reading about how he changed and how he acted when threatened. I also really appreciated the thought that went into the gender-fluid part of Sal’s character. Honestly, I wish that Ms. Miller had put this kind of thought into the side characters as well. I enjoyed Sal a lot and can’t wait to see what happens to him in the next book.
The plot was very original (if you haven’t read Throne of Glass). And I was very curious as to what would happen next. I loved the detail that went into the plot and wish that it had been extended to the backstory. I also loved how the Left Hand operated and wanted to know everything I could about them. The plot was a little bit predictable but not as much as some books (*cough cough* Daughter of the Burning City *cough cough*). All in all, the plot was pretty good.
The setting. The problem area. I know that writing fantasy settings is hard, I’ve tried and haven’t really succeeded yet, but that doesn’t mean that the author shouldn’t try to write a decent backstory. The setting itself was very descriptive but it was like Ms. Miller tried to write a backstory and then gave up. The shadows confused me so so much. How do they work? How are they made? How do you stop them? All of these questions and more were left unanswered. I hope that these questions will be answered in the next book.
I really enjoyed this book despite it’s flaws. Ms. Miller is a debut author so I’ll cut her some slack. I recommend it if you can forget about it’s flaws. I got the summary from Goodreads. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons