Brooks...offers an enticing new mystery while delivering enough familiar elements—in both tone and worldbuilding—to make his fans feel right at home ... Auris is a tough but enchanting protagonist, and the page-turning mystery of her magical origins form the novel’s heart. Brooks’s fans will be thrilled to have a new series to savor.
The mystery of Auris’ past drives the plot forward, and secrets are revealed and new questions uncovered at an appealingly steady pace. Formal language, and the characters’ tendency to constantly and explicitly state how they feel...keeps the reader at arm’s length. But Auris’ quest to understand herself and be accepted into a community is a compelling one ... A fast-paced plot packed with secrets makes this an enjoyable read in a slightly old-fashioned high-fantasy style.