Jack Tamerlaine hasn’t stepped foot on Cadence in ten long years, content to study music at the mainland university.– GoodReads
I miss Scotland, all the time, my husband is still too new to being over here to miss it as much as me but soon I know he’ll miss home too. Sooo…I was very excited to have a Scottish inspired fantasy.
This is not me tearing this book down btw, this is me straight up just saying I got a lot to say.
The writing was very pretty, I can’t fault it for that. I really liked Jack in our first chapters, it was all very mysterious and we were waiting to see just what was going to unfold on Cadence.
Then we have Jack’s love interest. Adaira.
The chemistry between them is so flat that I even lost interest in Jack himself once the focus shifted to ‘them.’
Torin and Sidara were by far the superior characters in terms of development, chemistry and plot. This also tells me that Ross is very capable as a writer because I cared so much for these two and their story, that it was just really sad to realize that all the effort put into Jack and Adaira was just not for me.
The pacing is alright, I would say very middle of the road but there is a slight slump.
The music is interesting but really not probably as central as I thought and I found myself a little frustrated when I realized just where all this was leading. The music kind of fell to the side and is not used to its fullest but then its used in a bit of a lazy plot twist. In fact the ending of this and that twist is why I rated it down from 3.5 to 3 cups. I was just screeching in frustration.
We don’t get to see the clans but most of the reader’s view is of the handful characters. And yet. Considering how much Adaira is loved and respected, that ending just made zero sense. I totally get prejudices and I totally get needing something to make the reader go *gasp* but this was just not satisfying for me.
The magic system could be incredible and I know that despite it all that I’m intrigued enough by what could happen next to pick up the sequel. I just felt that we just got sprinkles of ideas that had potential but most fell flat for me.
I look forward to hopefully more Torin and Sidara for the sequel and I also look forward to seeing more of Cadence.
3/5 Cups of coffee from me. The pacing was mediocre, the magic system was left untapped for its full potential, the main couple were flat but…it had a unique magic system, great side characters, and other love interests that were more compelling. It says Adult but there’s nothing in here besides the age of the characters that would make it clearly ‘Adult’ so it’s safe for those who read older YA. (I read this as part of the Illumicrate readalong but read my Fox&Wit copy lol)