[The publisher provided me with an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.]
I LOVED this book- flawless! Sophie Hansa is the perfect example of how a you can have a strong female character who doesn’t literally kick ass. She’s a complex, believable character who develops and grows though the story to be able to face her fears. I love her unique background as a marine videographer and how she uses her education, curiosity, and quick thinking to solves the puzzles the plot presents.
The cast of characters includes several well-developed and believable female and male characters, and definitely passes the Bechdel test hands-down. It also has a diverse cast with POC main characters and tackles issues like homophobia.
The worldbuilding was also phenomenal, very unique. I loved the city made of a fleet of ships, and Sophie’s questions about the logistics of such a community made it very believable. The magic system is great, too, with spells relying on specific natural materials, written inscriptions (or “scrips”), and true names.
Also, love the gorgeous cover!
I’ll definitely be looking up the author’s other books, and I eagerly await the next book in the series.