Review by Kirkus Book Review
A prequel to Pearson's popular Remnant Chronicles trilogy. She is Morrighan, a child of the Remnant. He is Jafir, a scavenger. In the turbulent landscape of a world reeling from some nameless calamity, their kind live as mortal enemies. But when their paths crossed as young children, Jafir spared Morrighan's life, and over the years, their lives continued to intersect. Against all odds, they fall in love. Will outside forces tear them apart? Or will their love weather all storms, heralding a better future for their fractured world? There's a poetic delicacy to Pearson's prose and a liveliness to O'Hara's beautifully detailed illustrations that mask the light treatment other aspects of the storytelling receive. The romance develops disconcertingly quickly relative to the book's length and its prominence in the story as a whole; in contrast, the action doesn't pick up until over halfway through. The inner lives and motivations of the leads, Morrighan especially, are not well developed, making it difficult to become invested in their stories, and supporting characters are uniformly nebulous. There's a sense of a richly drawn world lurking beneath the surface, but its history and mechanics are rarely revealed, bolstering the impression that this is more dream than fleshed-out novel. Jafir is pale with blond hair and light blue eyes; Morrighan has wavy dark hair and appears to have light brown skin in the illustrations. A somewhat undeveloped labor of love that devoted fans may nevertheless enjoy. (map, author's note) (Fantasy. 14-18) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.