The Obsidian Tower (Rooks and Ruin #1) by Melissa Caruso

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This is one of those books that begin gradually, but once you are in the middle of the plot, the rest of the narrative flies by. So much so that it took me much lesser time than it should have to read an almost 500-page book. This is the first and most prominent reason for the rating I am giving it. As any regular reader would know, giving a book the appropriate attention it requires and managing to stick with it till the end and feel good when setting it down is always welcome.
The plot is a reasonably standard one. We have a forbidden line, a family guarding the secret for generations and people with more nefarious purposes. Many initial beliefs will be turned on their head by the time the book ends, although the plot has a long way to go before a stable conclusion. The entire story is only told from one perspective, which is rare for this kind of tale but adds a little to the suspense of the events.
I do not want to say anything about the characters and their ways of life/magic because it is very simply put and forms much of the narrative’s actual content. I liked the book and would love to read about what lies ahead for the assortment of people who end up together as a found family at the end.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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