My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I found this book to be a mixed bag of good and not-so-great aspects. The story is uniquely told although familiar. The writing is nicely done with a solid plot beginning. I found the characters to lack thorough development and fleshing out making them difficult to connect with or care about. I like the way Branch describes the magic and metallurgy. Overall it’s a quick easy read but not enough to make me excited about a new fantasy book. I received an ARC through the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.