I'm legitimately disappointed that I couldn't finish this book.
Disclaimer: I attempted to read the advanced reader's copy of this book. It will be released on September 17, 2013.
Almost every word in the preceding sentence is false. Archer Fairfax had not suffered a broken limb. He had never before set foot in Eton.
His name was not Archer Fairfax. And he was not, in fact, even a he.
This is the story of a girl who fooled a thousand boys, a boy who fooled an entire country, a partnership that would change the fate of realms, and a power to challenge the greatest tyrant the world had ever known.
Expect magic." AMAZON LINK OF ....WHAT
The premise of this book was a little rocky as the world building seemed really faulty and I wasn't entirely sure where anything was or where anything was going. There also seemed to be an innate ability to 'port' or 'vault' to places, I'm not entirely sure if there's a difference between the two.
There's a lot of magic everywhere. All the time. Magic. Elemental mages, magical items, magic magic magic.
THERE'S A WHOLE LOT OF MAGIC.
That is all fine and dandy.
I was willing to work through the murky details as the narration switched between an elemental mage and the kind-of prince of the realm.
I drew the line when the two narrators saw each other and were like WHOA I THINK I LOVE THEM, WAIT THAT'S UNREASONABLE, BUT I'M GOING TO NOTICE EVERYTHING ABOUT THEM IN A BEAUTIFUL WAY, IS THIS LOVE?
...there are a handful of moments where they even think things like, "Well normally I'm not nearly as attracted to a person as I am to them. I shouldn't get starry eyed though." Nope nope nope.
I think the amazon summary is a sufficient summary since I didn't get any farther in the book than page 132 out of 448 pages. Again, I got my hands on the advanced reader's copy, so it might be different when the book hits the shelves in stores.
I will say that the premise I got through was pretty interesting, and I liked the female main character (elemental mage) as she was feisty yet responsible. But then the male character (kind-of prince) was all suppressed emotions, careful calculations, frightfully resourceful, and resigned to fate/destiny/prophecy, I just kind of got 'meh' about the whole situation.
I mean, the elemental mage (female narrator who has a ridiculously complicated name to spell, so I'm not attempting it) had a guardian in the legal sense, then it turned into the actual guarding sense, and then she was whisked away by a magical trunk after she summoned lightning. Sounds fantastic right?
Enter prince and the female meeting and I just rolled my eyes at the pages so many times I wasn't sure what I was reading.
Perhaps I just wasn't in the mood for a magical and emotionally magical romance novel of sorts.
It sounded cool as a premise, but I wanted to see the world that the romance was going to stumble around in and concentration on the political strife, etc; it seemed like all it wanted to do was love though.
...but I only got to page 132 before calling it quits. Maybe it got better? Maybe it got worse? I don't know.
I'm not going to stick around to find out either.