Tension builds as Rye is warned not to fall for the marvelously named Nekane Adelgrief, “the embodiment of immorality and wickedness,” but Rye, an engaging protagonist whose zeal for retribution and redemption powers the story, sees him as her only way into The Society of the Blood Wind. Full of love, loss, found family, and hard choices, Vizard plays out like an origin story that keeps the pages turning, even for readers new to the series. Ember Files veterans will appreciate some familiar names and new perspectives, but this entry truly works as a jumping-on point.
Fantastical creatures and vivid villains highlight this emotional tale that balances thrills, twists, and Rye’s gutsy planning with intricate, imaginative worldbuilding and a crush of appealingly eccentric characters. Perfect for fans of inventive, character-driven fantasy, Vizard offers crisp yet evocative prose, brisk and funny dialogue, and a hero readers can't help but root for.
Takeaway: Brisk, exciting fantasy with a strong heroine’s memorable origin story.
Comparable Titles: Kelly Braffet’s The Unwilling, Taran Matharu’s The Novice.
Design and typography: B
Marketing copy: A-