I went through this book incredibly quickly. I just didn’t want to put it down – I found myself genuinely saddened when my meds would kick in for the night and knock me out, causing myself to knock myself in the head with my Kindle.
Doesn’t matter though because this book is completely, totally, utterly worth it.
Cat won me over immediately. There’s so much about her that I can relate to, and even though this all takes place in a fantasy realm, she’s still human. A very special, powerful human, and even when she may think it inconvenient obnoxious, her humanity shines through a carefully, skillfully designed façade.
The romance between Cat and Griffin (or Beta Sinta as she calls him for a while) is well done, a nice slow burn. There were a couple things about it that bugged me (his Alpha mentality – like a man ordering a woman’s drink and dinner, without her input, but on steroids – while having to remind myself it’s not abnormal for him; he’s a successful warlord from a tribal culture. We can’t put Western ideals onto him. Yes, he essentially kidnaps Cat, but once things start to become civil between them, then later into a relationship, he doesn’t oppress her. He has a lot of respect for her and he loves her. It may have started as a mission for him, and an extreme annoyance for her, but they literally save each other’s lives.
Despite her fear of Mother (and if you pay attention, you’ll have figured out who that is and who Cat truly is)… Cat will do anything she can to protect Griffin, as well as others. Being a member of Team Beta certainly has it’s perks.
I was engrossed from the beginning. The writing was fresh, fun dialogue, well done fight scenes and suspense. The dialogue among Team Beta felt completely authentic: I absolutely believed these men would lay down their lives for each other.
There’s wonderful moments of humour as well, which you don’t always get with fantasy – it gets lost, sacrificed with few exceptions sprinkled without in order to focus on world building. And that’s fine; it works for a lot of authors. But for me, it was refreshing to not have to get one or the other: there’s world building that’s done at just the right pace, not overwhelming the reader with information to attempt to keep straight (this includes names! The names were all easy, with no two being so similar they could be confused.), and then the humor was there as well, and it wasn’t just relegated to one or two characters. Sure, Cat definitely has my sense of humour, but even some smaller, tho no less important, characters shared their humour as well.
I can’t recommend this enough. One of my favorite reads of the year.
It’s expected release is August 2, 2016 from Sourcebooks Casablanca