My goodness, how do I even describe a book like this? It was unlike anything that I’ve ever read. I was completely lost in the story. I’m not usually one for flowery prose but it worked so well. The writing was beautiful. I’d even go as far to call it a masterpiece. I found myself thinking about the story whenever I wasn’t reading it. I think could be considered a “classic” in the future.
I knew I was hooked when the MC made it to the Night Bazaar….
”The Night Bazaar unfurled before us in a spectrum of color and life. Carts bearing persimmons and custard apples weaved between the crowds. Stores hopped across streets to greet likely customers. Other shops shrank to the size of thimbles, fit only for a clientele no wider than a mouse.”
”Creatures both impossibly tall and short slipped between shadow and light. An ethereal elephant whose hide shimmered pearlescent dipped its trunk into the pocket of a tall mouse.”
I’ve never highlighted so many lines in a book before. The book in its entirety is quotable.
The story begins with our MC (Maya) being shunned and mistreated due to her horoscope. Maya was surrounded by some pretty evil people and most were family. War was coming and Maya was to be married off to a stranger of another house (strangely of her choosing). Sounds typical, right? Rest assured to know it’s not what you’re thinking. It’s anything but typical.
”Your Majesty, I mean no disrespect, but the princess’s horoscope is reputed to have foretold a rather disturbing marriage. One that would partner her with death and destruction.”
”Wherever you go, you’ll only bring death with you. Take your pestilence elsewhere.”
That’s really all I can say. This book left me speechless and it’s not something that can be described in a review. Read it and see for yourself. I’ll be looking for more books by this author.