A very nice introduction to a new world.
Henley uses the otherworldly creatures to connect with the post-Twilight crowd and it works for non Twilight fans as well.
Melaia witnesses a murder. She discovers his "ability" when she attempts to help him. The plot thickens very quickly and this medieval-like temple chantress is away to fulfill her quest.
You'll have the essential, "does he love her or hate her" in the relationship created between Melaia and Trevin.
Sadly, it seems the initial reveal was the only big idea the author had. As the story progressed, it lost some of the steam and intensity. I'm afraid alot of people may give up and never stick with it.
But because this is the first book of a series, I encourage you to have patience. Let the mythology build and allow the story to string you along.
Fantasy plus romance is almost a given anymore unless you're reading Game of Thrones and then you have the guts and nudity. But there's not of that in this book. It's for the youngin's.
This book was provided for review, at no cost, by WaterBrook Multnomah publishing.