Book Review: Brimstone

Sariel, a fugitive slave, is running from the desert mines, and from an Empire that is hungry for a new and mysterious metal that the alchemists call brimstone.
In a moment of mercy and lust, Ava Sandrino, herself a knight fallen from grace, shelters Sariel from his pursuers, and in the light of the moon, he speaks to her of a door. It is a gate that opens into a world that lies beyond the Northern Dark, over the edge of their farthest horizon. There, paupers rub shoulders with princes, and there are riches to be had by those with the will to seize them.
Swayed by Sariel’s tales of strange oceans and distant stars, and tired of a past that holds her down, Ava joins him on the trek to the kingdom where souls are remade. Together, they must cross a borderland that is the domain of magicians, the humans that serve them, and the One O’clock King: a faceless despot who guards the crossroads of worlds.

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

I really wanted to love this book. I love diving deep into duologies, trilogies, and series but this one was just okay for me. The story almost felt a little flat. 

It really lacked depth for me. It felt like the story started instantly and we really didn’t get much of a backstory. I really wish there had been a bit more character development. 

I did enjoy the main character. I am a fan of strong female protagonists. I really liked that this story shied away from the female lost princess warrior. The main character of this story is just a normal girl trying to survive. 

I did not hate this story, but there is a lot of room for improvement. I hope that the next book in this trilogy. I will say that for a debut novel this was good. Coming out with your debut novel is a terrifying thing, but I think overall it was an okay start. I hope to read the rest of this story in the future. 

Thank you to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for allowing me to review this title.

Cover and synopsis taken from Netgalley.

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