*I was provided with a eARC of this book by the publisher via NetGalley, but my review is all my own opinion and thoughts*
“A world, split into two. Dragons. Humans. Each believe the other is a myth. In a world where women are not allowed to read, live alone, or pursue knowledge, Cor comes across a secret society who predicted the devastation that humankind can no longer ignore. A world away, Atesh studies a mysterious plant, determined to discover what is destroying his home and dragonkind with it. Cor and Atesh must each decide – what will they sacrifice to give their world a chance to survive?
A quirky and modern take on dragons and wizards, The Banished Craft begins the genre-bending Shkode fantasy trilogy about a split world, exploring themes of identity, prejudice, violence, compassion, and the ways we are all connected.
The Shkode trilogy is written for adults but is suitable for mature young adults.”
There are a bunch of characters which you are following and each character feels well developed. At the beginning I was confused with all the characters and who they were, later on I started to get it. Some characters were more interesting to read from and with other characters I still don’t know why they were a point of view I had to read from.
The writing was great. When I was reading it, I was taken into the world of the book. The world building is great. But as for the pace, it was a bit slow. Even though it was slow, to writing and the characters kept me in. And I am curious to see how much bigger the world actually is and the things we will get to know of its history.
In the end it did made sense to me why we were following the characters you follow in the first book. And the ending of this book creates on opening for the second book, which I did guess a bit what the ending was going to be.
Overall I enjoyed reading this. At the beginning it was a bit confusion because there is a lot of switching going on between character’s points of views. But after a while I got used to it. I do feel like this first book is setting up for the rest of the series. I am interested to see what is going to happen in the second book, which I will be picking up, just not right away. I would recommend reading this.
Overall rating: 3.5/5 stars