The concept is a new twist on an old idea – recruiting children for their abilities and making them believe it is for their own good. Since this is the first book in a planned trilogy, the plot foundation is laid. It’s a revenge plot. Tal saw her parents murdered, found out who was responsible, then spent the next 6 years training to kill him. I like the back and forth storyline. It gives us a glimpse into why Tal is how she is. It reminds me of Once Upon a Time, where the past storyline mimics the current storyline and gives great background character information.
I will recommend this book to students who enjoy books with characters who have “talents” or gifts or powers, whatever they may be called, and to students who enjoy a good romance, and to students who enjoy strong but flawed heroines.