This book is well-written, intense, and obviously well researched and intricately planned.... I loved Fay's wit and humor so much I persevered to the exciting parts to come. There were lots of reveals in the story and hints of things to come along with some original twists and turns. Although the violence, especially when it came to some of Sam's attitudes, was disturbing at times, she was definitely a strong female role model with a lot about her to be admired, such as her loyalty and devotion to Fay. As in all high fantasy stories, there was a staggering amount of world building that was interesting and well done. Although the battles were disturbing, they were descriptive and detailed as well as the students' familiars. In a way, this is one of those situations in storytelling where you just have to be there to fully appreciate it. If you like a story with teen gay and bi characters with special abilities, arcane universities, mythical beings, and epic battles, you may enjoy this book. Thank you, Tom, for a unique and interesting story.
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