Interesting start to a series for sure, but a tad too long. I enjoyed the writing and really appreciated the atmosphere that Bardugo created here. But it needed like 150 less pages.

I loved Darlington (what we saw of him anyway). Like a whole hecka lot. Kinda wish he was the MC we followed, because I didn't particularly like Alex. I don't feel she matured enough in this book, and she was a bit of a pain. Of course she had the most fucked up upbringing ever, so there's that. Seriously, what trauma didn't she deal with?

Also, Dawes was wonderful!!! Loved that character.

This story was enough to keep me interested for the next book, but I'm definitely hoping it's a more concise read.

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