« Sentur’na . Simply remembering the name brought a shiver racing down my spine. I didn’t know what that meant. Nor did I know how long I had left before my transformation. Once it happened, I’d never see my face in the mirror again. I’d never hear my name being called again.”
This book is completely different from Spin the Dawn.
It’s darker with a desperation to it as Maia is descending into darkness, fighting her inner demon.
There is much introspection here. Much thinking about what makes someone a monster. It was also heart wrenching to see her lose the battle and lose what made her identity very slowly while she courageously fought to still be Maia.
“My name is Maia,” I said to myself, over and over. My name is Maia Tamarin.”
I felt for Maia as she knew she was condemned to become a demon and it was a race to still save her country. Be useful, avoid another war and spare her father and family.
The love story between Maia and Edan was still present but took a definite backseat as Maia’s love for her family and her country took center point. I would have loved to see more of Edan yet his absence fit the tone of the book.
If there is action and a lot of battles it did not feel fast paced but rather steady paced. Due to said introspection I guess.
Maia is so far from the young and naïve girl who dreamed of being a tailor! She has seen ugliness -, she has fought and is now wiser. Stronger too as she now weaves her magic to battle evil instead of creating gowns.
It’s a story of loss, strength, self sacrifice and a reflection about what makes us humans and not monsters.
Have you read it? Or maybe Spin the Dawn?
Thanks for reading!