I really enjoyed the beginning of this book. Brienna is an excellent protagonist and I loved how she had to try all the passions of art, theatre, music, wit and knowledge before settling with knowledge. I loved the relationship between her and her master, Cartier. Loved the dynamic between all the girls studying the passions.
We are then introduced to more settings, more characters, and I loved the history of the world Rebecca has created.
I found the second half of the book a little lacking – the twists weren’t really there and the absence of Cartier for a big chunk did nothing for the relationship building. I missed the energy of the female friendships at the beginning.
It actually felt like the story wrapped up at the end, but I know there’s another book so who knows what’s coming next! So much potential.
I think the last chapter of the book was my absolute favourite. Love a bit of romance.