I'm wavering between 3.5 and 4 stars. This first in a new series reads like it could almost be a middle grade story, except for one romantic scene which I know my niece, at least, would wrinkle her nose at. It's still a great story, just rather more bright and optimistic than is usually offered to us jaded adults. It also lacks the snark Neill is generally known for, but then again, her Devil's Isle series wasn't snarky either.
Chloe Neill walks a fine line between imagining a world where women are common in historically male roles, and acknowledging the gender bias that exists in this one. I'm not convinced she pulled it off; I'd have rather she stick to one truth or the other, but it wasn't problematic and didn't affect my enjoyment of the book.
Mostly, it's a new concept, and a new series, so I'd imagine there some growing pains and adjustments ahead, but it was a nice escape and I'm interested in seeing where future books take me and the characters.
The final book of the series, this is the one that wraps up the whole thing. I couldn't put it down, but I can't say I totally loved it, but that's because it didn't end the way I'd have chosen, and I felt that there were endings left undone, or not really done to any satisfaction. At least mine. But it was well written, and well plotted and I got a huge amount of satisfaction at having called the major plot twist from the very start of the series.
I never doubted for a second that Alex's father was the High Court Fairy King.
So there was that.
It's a series I'll miss, and re-read, but I'm happy the author got to end the story on her terms.