I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I haven’t read much urban fantasy before so I had no idea what to expect going in, but I ended up loving this book.
This book gave me a ton of Alice in Wonderland vibes especially in the second half, which I was totally digging since I love Alice in Wonderland. The book had the same dream-like quality and mad characters that Alice in Wonderland has.
The premise of the book was so creative. People with the ability to build new worlds is such a fascinating concept.
The whole book was absolutely stunning in terms of execution. Welsh writes brilliantly and through his prose crafts a gorgeous world.
My favorite character was Elise. She was just so fun and quirky and I loved that about her. I hope we get to see more of her in the following books.
As someone who majored in philosophy in college, I enjoyed the philosophy references throughout the book. Rousseau, Nietzsche, and Camus were all mentioned by name.
The glossary at the end of the book was tremendously helpful in learning about the their world. I used it numerous times while reading.
The one thing this book was missing was a map. I would have loved to seen a map of The Realm.
Overall, this was a fantastic start to a magical new trilogy! I can’t wait to find out what happens next and learn more about these characters.