**(2) out of 5 stars
The writing of this book is quite good. The author was able to give a fairly distinctive voice to each of several main characters, making each of them individual and unique. There was quite a lot of clever dialogue, much of it rather sarcastic (which I tend to enjoy).
The underlying premise of inherent magic is intriguing, and learning about how it colors this world was interesting. Although I did have trouble with the concept that one was born with a certain type of magic (dark or light), and couldn’t do much to change what they were or would become.
The ending was totally bizarre and extremely anti-climatic, making me wonder what was the point of the whole story.
Overall, I just don’t think that this series is for me. I could not get past the fact that one of the main characters is an adulterer who hides from his wife not only a years-long affair, but also a couple of secret kids - whom he then brings home and expects his wife to welcome with open arms. Another major player is a child molester who scars his conquests with cuts on their backs every time he abuses them. And a third person rapes his brother’s girlfriend - while their sister looks on. Overall, a very dysfunctional family, living in a world that I found highly disturbing.
I received a free eBook copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.