I love the heroine of this novel, Zoe, who is strong and passionate and warm-hearted and has a temper that can be terrible. I love the way she progresses from feeling like an empty shell at the beginning of the book, hollowed out by grief, to finding her own true power (and a perfect partner, too, along the way). I love the rich worldbuilding and the fabulous magic of the story. The romance is a subplot, not the main plot, but it's wonderfully handled. I can't wait to read the sequel, about one of one of my favorite side-characters in this book!