I was hesitant on reading this because I am starting to get a bit satiated with YA fantasy. And it did have some of the typical elements and sentences (”She let out a breath she didn’t know she was holding”) and there were several well-known (story) elements woven together.
However, I also liked several things. For one, I strongly dislike first-person narratives so it was great to find this is written in a third person point of view. And the story itself is enjoyable. I also like K. Ciccarelli’s take on dragons. Not as unique as Rachel Hartman’s Seraphina but I like it a little bit better than Jodie Meadow’s dragons in Before She Ignites (which I also enjoyed reading). K. Ciccarelli has found a clever way to supply the reader with backstory: she has distributed 1-3 page little stories retelling the important bits of the characters’ personal as well as the world history which I found quite entertaining and I prefer it over getting backstory in bits and pieces.
In conclusion, I quite enjoyed this book.