Author: Camille Longley
Pub. Date: September 21, 2020
She’s a huntress:
Sol d’Hillerod is sent on a desperate mission through a treacherous winter pass. She carries with her the only hope of her village’s survival, and she will do whatever she must to keep her world from burning.
He’s a monster:
Lieutenant Kelan Birke has spent his whole life fighting for his freedom and his soul. As his control slips, and the war rages on, he knows it won’t be long before he loses himself entirely to the fire that flows through his veins.
Sol and Kelan are enemies in an age-old war, forced to depend on each other to survive a perilous journey through the mountains. As fire melts the ice in Sol’s heart, she questions everything she’s been taught to believe, and Kelan becomes more desperate to fight the flames that consume him. Together they discover that their struggle will have repercussions for both sides of this burning war.
This will be a spoiler free review. Thank you to NetGalley for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Where do I begin?
This wasn’t the review I had planned to post today, but I just finished this book and I have some thoughts and I figured I’d be smart and get them down on paper…so to speak.
This book is enemies to lovers to enemies to lovers, with betrayal, magic, drama, deceit, and basically just about anything you could want in a YA Fantasy. It’s a little insta-love-y, but I quickly became emotionally invested and stayed up way too late on a work night reading. I don’t regret my choices.
I like Kelan and Sol, I just wish more time had been spent on their relationship. Everything happened so quickly and the tense emotional build up that usually accompanies enemies to lovers really wasn’t prevalent. I mean, I was still an absolute sucker for it, but I just wish it had been more drawn out – that their whole relationship had been drawn out.
I did think that the pacing was way off in this book, but overall, I enjoyed it. It made for a quick, easy, fun read and I ended up emotionally invested – which is always a plus. I definitely think that if the pacing had been more drawn out, if we got to spend more time with the characters, with the world – fleshing it out a bit more – this book could have easily been a new favorite. As it stands, it’s still enjoyable, but it feels lacking.
I thought that the pacing was going to be my only complaint about this book – which is something I can deal with. Like I said, I was emotionally invested, despite not really liking the pacing, but when I hit the 80% mark, I lost all track of what was happening.
It felt like all sorts of new information had been introduced, new conflict – basically it felt almost like a whole different plot line. Things were happening at light speed and it was hard to keep up. I was really confused at times and had to go back and re-read, and then the introduction of whatever that magic was at the very end was really strange and felt so out of place.
So much happened in the last 20% that I don’t even know if I could accurately recall it all, and it’s been 40ish minutes since I finished the book. I just didn’t understand the motives and reasoning behind various character actions. The emotional weights were off and that made the life or death stakes feel really minute in comparison.
Overall, if you’re looking for a quick read to pass the time, I’d say pick this up. It’s entertaining and has some really good moments.