I struggled to get through this Arden book at first. I just wasn’t feeling it and I couldn’t get invested at the beginning. Once I forced myself to spend some serious time reading, putting the phone up, and limiting distractions, I flew through this book, and really liked it. Vasya is becoming one of my favorite characters in modern fantasy, she is just so willful. One thing I would say as advice for those wanting to read Arden’s books, block out a large chunk of time to just get engrossed in these books. They don’t really work really well if you read 10 or 20 pages here and there. They definitely are the type of books where 50-100 pages read in one reading session is the best way to enjoy them. Great book by a fantastically intelligent and talented new writer.