One of my new years resolutions for 2016 was to read more fantasy and I’m so glad I cracked this one open. I whizzed through this and I really, really loved it. I’ve seen it everywhere and, honestly, the cover is beautiful which made me want to read it so this was a book I read after caving in to peer pressure.
It is set in a dystopian future where ash falls from the sky and mists fall at night. It has the most incredible magic system, burning metals to give you power really drew my nerdy scientist side in. I’m not a big lover of fantasy because often, things just happen and while that was somewhat the case with this, I feel that the why this is possible will be explained in the future books. The empire is run by this immortal figurehead known only as The Lord Ruler and, this book is essentially a mission to overthrow him.
I loved this. The plot was incredible, the magic system was mighty fun and the characters were great too (Vin has her issues but is on the whole an incredible protagonist). What I appreciated is that this book could essentially stand on its own, I want to read the rest of the series, but this was action packed and had good character development so doesn’t feel like some of those series where the first book is just a nondescript character building event. I felt some of it was a bit predictable but I can forgive it because on the whole it was great.
I rated this 4* and I don’t know how long I’m going to last before picking up the second book. I don’t think it’ll be very long at all!