When the two collide, the combination is electric. I found the first 20% of the book to be a bit hard to follow and tedious, but the last 80% was absolutely amazing and I could not stop reading. I was so glad I didn't put this one down, and now absolutely cannot wait to read the next book in this series. The flow, alternating between Tarik and Sepora, is perfect, and I loved getting both of their perspectives on the events within. Their relationship is electric, and the pace is perfect.
The world-building was really fantastic, and there are all manner of new creatures, jobs, and countries that I look forward to exploring even more in future books. We learn the most about the Parani- somewhat piranha-like human sea creatures that eat the flesh of people and rule over the Nefari (river). It was fascinating to see them built up/learn more about what/who they really are. Sepora has a soft spot for all living beings, and we get to explore some of the diverse creatures of this world through her eyes. I don't want to say too much about this world, but it was really incredible and unique. I was completely wrapped up in the novel and devoured every delightful page.
This is a really fantastic novel for YA fantasy lovers, and I highly recommend it! I can see it having broad appeal, especially for fans of books by Sarah J. Maas and Sabaa Tahir. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.