"Shvarts creates a diverse world with distinct geography and subcultures for this series opener Adventure-loving fantasy readers will eat it up."—Kirkus Reviews
"Shvart's action-packed debut champions diversity, counsels perseverance, and highlights the human cost of war. The pace is zippy, Shvart's mythology is rich, and...the conclusion packs thrills and a serious emotional wallop."—Publisher's Weekly
"A solid, refreshingly diverse fantasy adventure."
"Jon Snow won't be the only 'bastard' whose name readers will remember."
"We cannot wait for this high-stakes, edge of your seat fantasy."
"Engrossing. The characters are well drawn, and the action moves quickly and with plenty of twists and turns."