4 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I very much enjoyed this book. Truly.
First off, I would like to give a brief intro so you generally understand what I am saying throughout this book review:
Highest: The “Master”.
Avowed: Those sworn to serve the Highest. (Definitely above the Closest
Closest: The slaves who are cursed.
Now we can proceed with this review now that we have this information:
It included fantasy, yet in such a way as to be realistic. Most books I have read (when it comes to addressing the issue this one did of speaking about the issue of slavery and the separation between two distinct groups) place the person who keeps slaves as one who instantly, magically changes upon meeting a slave and just magically believes in “freedom for slaves”. Which, from what I have seen, studied, and read, rarely happens. This book was unique. It actually was realistic. It made Elan (the son of the Highest [who kept Closest himself]) stick to his beliefs that keeping Closest as slaves was necessary. What makes him change is witnessing a loved one hurt a Closest–way later in the story. That is realistic. That kept the story an authentic one filled with fantasy elements while staying human. That is a rarity, and for that, I highly recommend this book!
The writing felt as if you had sand shifting beneath your chin, flowing about you as if magically suspended in air. The occasional feelings of water dripping down also entered into the equation, making the story far more beautiful in its own unique way.
But, of course, I did catch one error I felt threw me off. It may not throw any one of you readers off, but I feel it is important to mention here and now: Almost everything to remember is thrown from the very beginning and then, after the first ten pages of the story, the remaining information is scattered about throughout the story. I, personally, prefer when a story scatters this information slowly throughout the tale, letting it magically weave itself in. I feel that the story plot and/or the connection with the characters becomes more of the focus when the necessary information is scattered about and is brought up slowly throughout the story. Whereas in this one, all of the details–Highest, Closest, the Curse, what the Closest are permitted to do and what they cannot–were thrown in at the beginning, leading me to feel that these details were more important than connecting with each of the characters. It took me over two-thirds of the way through the book in order to begin connecting with the characters.
Of course, I know some readers who prefer this type of writing, so if you are one of them, feel free to pick up this book!
On a last note, I would like to add a WARNING that this book does contain scenes of violence (physical abuse, sexual assault, rape), though the rape scenes are mostly described as the aftermath of the event(s) or as one who has dissociated from what is happening. They are skillfully written so that there is no graphic detail about it, but you know what is going on. Just a fair warning to all readers who are considering this book!
If you are interested in purchasing this book, go to the Amazon webpage or the Barnes and Noble webpage to purchase. If not, feel free to check out the book from your local library. If you would like to read my last review, check it out here. Thanks for reading!