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TW: THIS BOOK IS VERY, VERY DARK
Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2017
READ WITH CAUTION. THERE IS QUITE A BIT OF RAPE, CHILD RAPE (AND OTHER BLATANT PEDOPHILIA), INCEST, AND GRAPHIC VIOLENCE IN THIS BOOK. I think the premise is interesting, and I definitely enjoy dark subject matter, but the author seems to hit you over and over with rape because apparently it is extremely prevalent in this world. This is not a book to read if you are sensitive or a trauma survivor.
Also, several people have said that if you're a fan of Jacqueline Carey you'll be a fan of this series, but I personally think that the two authors aren't all that similar. I have read Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy and Naamah Trilogy more times than I can count and though the subject matter between that series and this one are loosely matched, I believe that Jacqueline's books have MUCH more world and character building, along with politics, intrigue, and adventure. If that's what draws you to Jacqueline's books (like me) then this series may not do it for you. If you're familiar with the Kushiel's Legacy series, then the level of intensity of this book is around the level of Daršanga, but for the whole book. I haven't decided if I'm going to continue on with this series or stop after this first book because all the pedophilia is really squicking me out, but I am curious about how the plot will turn out.
So, in conclusion, just read with caution.