by Eilis O’Neal
I loved this book so much! Sinda is a wonderfully complex character, and goes through really intense character development. She is shy and awkward in the beginning, floundering around in fear and anger. But she gradually learns to trust her own strength, and she begins to fight to build a life of her own.
The plot is really interesting with brilliant magic and plot twists.
The supporting characters are amazingly well-written. They are memorable and complex, and all their personalities are so different and sharp. Sinda’s aunt is prickly and strict. Sinda’s best friend, Kiernan, is warm and kind and always joking around. The princess who replaces Sinda is sweet and thoughtful. They all have their own background, motivations, and desires that fuel the plot and push Sinda into further character development.
The writing is excellent, and it pulled me into the story. There are many intensely emotional scenes where the writing moves with energy and power. Just a few well-crafted words will push the reader into the minds and hearts of the characters. Several times there would be a perfect turn of phrase that strongly captured my attention.
I really enjoyed reading this book! I only wish there were more works by this author.