There are some good bits to this book earning it enough to have three stars, but there is still work to be done before it can come close to a fourth star. The writing is ok. I found few errors and no gross mistakes with the actual writing. Some of the elements of the magic felt pulled from various sources or ideas and blended together without a set of standards. The characters need fleshing out as they feel one dimensional and have actions and dialogue that feels forced or flat. The plot is a rather good one but the execution needs work. The pacing is what really gets to me. The first half of the book is terribly slow while the second half is a great pace with excitement and what you would expect from a fantasy read. I still believe this author has potential and is worthy of reading what she publishes next so keep a watch for her next book. We received an evaluation copy in exchange for our opinion which may not mirror your own.