Plot/Idea: The ambitious plot melds a variety of fantasy elements with historical events—including dark magic, Greek mythology, and the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The work is a solid one that will draw readers in, but it ultimately overreaches, leading to a confusing, albeit intriguing, storyline.
Prose: The author wields humor as a way to balance out the heavier plot points—a strategy that lands well most of the time—but the worldbuilding can sometimes feel forced and disrupts the plot’s flow.
Originality: The novel falls back on fantasy tropes, but the creativity—witches, dark forces of nature, and nuclear disasters all rolled into one—makes this an exciting read.
Character/Execution: Character development is uneven, though Nadia’s inner conflict is brilliantly depicted in her efforts to save others as penance for her mistakes.
Date Submitted: May 08, 2023