I enjoyed this book – I didn’t love it quite as much as all the hype, but it was an ok read. I liked the rich world that had been created, even if a little too much was packed into the first book. There were a lot of references to the other cultures and mythical creatures that were unneeded for a book that essentially takes place with a few square miles.
What stopped it getting that final star was a few issues with the writing and characterisation.
Orion is a Subpar, a sub-species of human adapted to survive in the deadly cirium mines. It is there she toils to mine her quota so that she might be allowed to live in the Utopian city of Alara. But, this is not a fairytale, so things can only go downhill from the day she approaches her quota.