I loved the fact that this book is a standalone! It was a surprise to me but a good one. During my Owlcrateathon, I read so many new fantasy series that this was what I needed.
I loved the characters so very much! I think that Silas might have been my favorite. Elizabeth was like all of our dreams come true! Her and the library are just so magical and I was living for it. Who on earth doesn’t want to live in a magical library?! I loved how she was so adamant to do the right thing, even though it would cost her everything that she loved so desperately. At the same time, she’s learning that there’s more to the story. Especially, when it comes to Nathaniel. She’s questioning everything she’s ever been taught.
The world building in this book is fantastic! I loved everything about it and it sucked me right in, from the very beginning. The writing was great and flowed so well. There is a lot going on but sometimes the pacing was a little bit slow at times. For the most part, pretty great.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I’m so happy to finally be reading a standalone fantasy after several series starters. I haven’t read her previous book, which I own. I know there’s a lot of mixed feelings on that one. I do think you would enjoy this one though!