I requested a copy of this a while back and finally got around to reading it. This is a simple storyline in the fantasy genre with some standard tropes and some not-so-standard ones. That said, it felt like it was for a younger audience than I initially expected, and with that and my recent experiences with fantasy, it was not wholly for me.
That does not mean the book is in any way bad. We have a spunky young leading lady, who has her family’s best interests at heart and exceptional skill at hunting. The magic of the world was interestingly put, and the introductions to the politics of the world was steadily improved throughout the book. Overall, this comes in a good package. The different ‘country’ people spoke in a slightly different way with mildly varying mannerisms but enough to be used as distinguishing factors in the future. The man/boy who is trapped on the wrong side of the border has a lot of things going badly for him, some which he does not even suspect at the very beginning. There is an action-packed journey through hostile territory, fast-paced action and sibling/familial bonding that was heartening to see. I think it is an excellent way to introduce teens to the genre.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experiences.