Updated: Apr 30, 2020
*I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
When I started Imber it was a bit overwhelming being thrown face-first into a very descriptive and a bit too realistic anxiety attack of my future Queen. Accepting that this was just where we were and pushing away my own anxiety I grabbed onto Natylia and let her pull me into her queendom of Thrais.
Riddled with assassins and murder and terrible dance partners, Natylia isn't just a damsel in distress she is a damsel who is distressed who is doing something about it, and you can help if you want, but she is going with or without you. She learns to take care of herself and work through her problems while still remembering she doesn't have to have all the answers, it's okay to get support!!!
Speaking of support all of the characters surrounding her have a purpose and depth! No token characters just friends and foes and mysteries to be solved. Jyn isn't the romantic interest of the book but he stole my heart with all of his snark and dashing elf-ishness. Camion is so kindhearted and a steady rock for my Queen as her life gets shaken to pieces. Meryn offers friendship and witchery and mystery.
It has a solid ending but at the same time leaves many strings to be followed so the next tale can be woven. This is one of those books I'm going to read again and again, just to feel at home and understood. It's the kind of fairytale that if I had kids I would read them before bed to remind them they can face whatever their future holds. I stayed up all night to finish this book and then stayed up the next night to read the second. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to everyone. I kinda feel like I should just go stand out in the yard and tell everyone who walks by to read Imber. Read!!!!
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