Reviews of speculative fiction, YA, middle grade, and graphic novels, along with stray thoughts, links, and pictures.
I quested this being in the YA category for the first few chapters as the protagonist was so barely in the age range that it felt more like middle grade. Of course, after a few chapters, not only does the plot get out of MG, but time skips forward a few years and this turns into an honest to goodness MG novel.
The main character is bold and reckless in a very appealing way. The setting is a historical one I haven't seen a million times. The worldbuilding is a little odd - really, is there only one blood line with this "curse"? But waving those slight concerns (and we see such a narrow part of the earth that who knows), this works quite well.