“Books, too, had hearts, though they were not the same as people’s, and a book’s heart could be broken: she had seen it happen before. Grimoires that refused to open, their voices gone silent, or whose ink faded and bled across the pages like tears.”
Honestly, I was scared I wasn’t going to enjoy this story. It took me a long time to get into it. Toward the end, I did not want to put it down!
I wasn’t a huge fan of Elisabeth at first but she ended up growing on me. I thought she was kind of bland at the beginning. I’m not really sure why. I think my favorite characters were Nathaniel and Silas. They both has amazing humor and I found myself laughing constantly whenever they were in a scene. Silas was one of those characters that felt like he wasn’t trying to funny but he still was, if that makes sense. He was such a complex character.
I thought the world-building and pacing was pretty good, especially for this being a standalone story. The only time I had a problem with the pacing was in the beginning. For me it just felt really slow but it probably didn’t help that I didn’t like Elisabeth in the beginning either. I loved the romance! Now that was a nice slow burning romance. It made my heart melt and UGH. I can’t. It was fabulous.
This was the first time I’ve ever read a book by Margaret Rogerson. I really enjoyed her writing style. It felt like the story came alive before my very eyes. I also listened to the story on audiobook at night when I didn’t want the lights on. The audiobook was also pretty captivating.
I loved the themes portrayed in the story. We all have the capability of being bad but we have the choice to choose whether we want to be good or bad. I feel like this book also touched pretty well on the fact that prejudice is taught but we can change our views as long as we’re willing to.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was fabulous. There was so much action in the last 100 some pages. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I am so excited to read more books by Margaret!