Froi has been toiling to master both weaponry skills and his temper. When the former street thief is given the chance to prove himself with the assassination of neighboring Charyn’s king, he leaps at the opportunity. However, the finds that Charyn is much stranger — and darker — than it appears. Faced with his past, his future and heart-wrenching decisions, Froi must find himself.
With many different views to keep a reader engrossed, all of the characters get a chance to show of their complete and realistic selves. I will definitely be reading the first book (Finnikin of the Rock, 2010), not because it is needed to understand this one, but because I cannot get enough of this dark and compelling land. Though I was upset by the vagueness of the ending, I can only hope that it means there will be another book to come.
Reviewed by Marissa, grade 10