Spoilers for Chapters 1 through 11!
What are your initial impressions?
There is so much interesting stuff going on. Lin is competing to be heir but can’t remember a bunch. Jovis is a smuggler, in debt to criminals, and trying to find the people who took his wife. Sand has memories they shouldn’t. An island collapsed into the ocean. I have so many questions.
Impressions of the magic system and world-building?
Oh wow the bone shards are really interesting but also pretty horrible. I find the constructs interesting but that is a terrible price for people to pay. I also find the history interesting. There are ruins on multiple islands of a previous civilization. I feel like the statue is linked to the island sinking somehow. In general I find it very rich and layered so far.
Which character are you particularly drawn to so far?
I am drawn to all of them so far. Jovis is a criminal with a conscience. Lin wants to be the official heir and seems aware of a bunch of the issues with the empire as it is. Sand is the one I have the least impression of but I still want to know more.
Jovis tends to tell lies when faced with truths he doesn’t like, as a first person narrator, how reliable do you feel this makes him?
We may have multiple unreliable narrators. Lin and Sand seem to have memory struggles. Lin has missing memories while Sand has more than she should. I’m not sure I distrust Jovis yet. His heart and his head seem to be at odds though.
Mephi! Any guesses about Jovis’ new furry friend?
I’m guessing they’re a dragon of some kind. They have the beginning of horns and they can breathe hot air. Plus they talk sometimes.