I am sad to say I was quite dissapointed by this one. I really liked the world building, which imo was mainly accomplished by the use of words from the diffetent languages people speak in the book. While I liked the atmosphere I still missed a bit of more magical detail that really made me feel like I was in the desert with its beautiful and busteling cities. The description is there, but it didn't really hit home for me, I have been to Egypt before and I still had some trouble imagining the streets. I really enjoyed flipping to the back of the book to look up some words, it feels like I am really discovering and learining something new. I see how it might be a bit complicated for people who aren't used to high fantasy, but it's nothing you couldn't get behind, it was well intigrated in the biginning so you can grasp it quickly. I still think the language and the different races and creatures are the strongpoint of the story and I really enjoiyed those.
Now, regarding the story it was a zero for me. A girl with mysterious heritage and some powers gets whisked away to a kingdom by a handsome, mysterious stranger, while they are hunted by the enemie and she learns that she is acutally special and more powerful than she thought and oh what do you know, he has a dark past. Don't let me forget to mention the conflicted prince she meets there, although I enjoyed his chapters and storyline a lot more. Some of the characters are supposed to be centuries old and they really don't feel like it, you can't be almost a hundred and act like a 17 year old, it just seems unrealistic.
Sorry to say it was just basic, I'm not saying this to be mean, I just don't know what other word to use. It felt like a ya book, eventhough people kept telling me it isn't. That said, I didn't dislike the book because I finished it and I hope I got some positive points across as well, bacuse it surely had those as well 🖤
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