I have heard some pretty good things about this book and it has been a few weeks since I last read a fantasy. I thought it was time to get to it. So what did I think of it?
Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the sultan. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways. Both Zafira and Nasir are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya–but neither wants to be.
War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the sultan on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds–and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.
Taken from goodreads
When I first started reading I noticed that I found myself going back and forth to the glossary of what felt like every other paragraph just to find out what a new word meant and then to keep doing it which does feel like a pain but you do get used to it pretty quickly. However, I did find that just after the halfway mark the glossary became useless as the only words I ever used that were in the glossary were the cuss words.
This book is a slow burn, a very slow burn. The first 150 pages are prepared for not a lot to happen, it is mainly world building and getting to know a little about the characters. Some people might enjoy this but for me, it bored me and I found myself really struggling to actually get into the book.
Now once we got to know the characters I actually found them to be quite interesting and really fun to read about. Altair is a character who now holds a special place in my life because of his humour and the way he acts, plus even though I kept thinking he couldn’t pull another surprise out the bag then boom another comes and I loved that.
Towards the end of the book the story will keep you on your toes, you will find yourself going from one twist to another and I loved that. Makes you want to go out and buy the next book in the series right now (which I have already done).
Due to the very slow start it was always going to be an uphill battle for the book to be able to get a good score from me but the ending and the characters really did help a lot. Giving the book a read does a good job in creating a fantasy world based around ancient Arabia, something I personally have never seen before and would love to get more from.