Disclaimer: I borrowed this audiobook from the library.
I listened to the audiobook, which I’d checked out from my local library.
First of all, the story was amazing. I loved the idea of a world where there were regular people and then those with magical abilities. And not only were there magical abilities, but there was the possibility of war surrounding the abilities one has and even wars started because of such abilities.
The story had a Avatar: the Last Airbender feel to it, except in this case, there wasn’t a “and then the Fire Nation attacked” moment. It was a rich world filled with all kinds of “witcheries” as the magical abilities were called, and it was cool to see so many different people with different kinds of witchery abilities working together in this world.
I thought most of the characters were pretty well-rounded. The only character I really had an issue with was Safi, and that was because I thought she was ignorant and a fool. It was mentioned multiple times that she was a Truthwitch and that her witchery needed to stay a secret because she could be used to start or stop wars. That said, she thought herself useless and couldn’t figure out why the Emperor might want to marry her. Really? I’m pretty certain a blind man could have seen that coming. That said, she grew up a lot in the novel and it was interesting watching her progression and seeing her grow as a character. I feel like she matured a lot over the length of the novel.
The narration of this audiobook was splendid. The woman who narrated did different voices and accents for the different characters, and you could get an honest feel about what lands each character hailed from based on their accent when they spoke.