I loved this book. I was surprised by just how much I loved it. It was truly a delicious read. :)
I think the reason I enjoyed it so much was in good part because the characters were so beautifully drawn. The good and the bad. The main character would by Syrina, a young woman, descended from the gods, one of the ruling family of the desert who has been exiled to the remote and near barren Salt Hold for basically refusing to fall in line with her family's wishes for her. At first I found her kind of vapid and shallow, her refusal to toe the family line having mostly to do with her own discomfort. But the author shows us how Syrina grows, the choices she has and the ones she makes - not all of them wise or good, to be honest. She was real, so I didn't roll my eyes at her.
Her antagonist is her brother Raskah - a nasty piece of work. Cruel and violent, he's truly an awful young man. Like a good villain should be. :) I was expecting his story to go one way, but Blair MacG took him another way, which both disappointed and delighted me? *LOL* I know... I guess I just wanted to be clever. :)
The secondary characters, Pyrius, Shella, Riner, Ehren et al... were wonderfully drawn and full people, not types, if you know what I mean. I have my favourites and while some of them survived, other didn't. And that's a good thing! The author does not play around and I've come to respect that. Kill my faves! Go ahead, but man... make it mean something in the story. And it does.
This is one of those books that makes me wish I could write a really good and inspiring review filled with thoughtful insights and comments, but sadly, I don't have that talent.
The thing to take away is... I LOVED THIS BOOK! :)