This story is great. I have now read it twice. Once electronically, and once through the paper book. I like romance, and the relationship between Liz and Luke is intense. This mutual attraction is understandable given their backgrounds and her internal dialogue and emotional state. She deeply needs someone to care for her, and he is drawn to her in so many ways. Their struggle in this book is made even more difficult when something believable happens in the plot that makes it impossible for them to be together. Figuring out this problem becomes paramount to Liz.
Even more interesting than the great story of their relationship are the hereditary twists and curses that make this book unique. I like how Larsen portrays this new side to our world, with relatively few info dumps and without using a canned old story (like werewolves or vampires). He develops a good reason for the main information sharing from Luke to Liz so it doesn't detract from the plot. Most Fantasy books I've read have to have a lot of information dumping throughout the book so readers can understand the rules and workings of this different world. The bad guys in this book are really unlikeable, but not just stock either. Their curse is downright cool while at the same time terribly dark. It snowballs to a head for an awesome finish, and with the second book published, you won't have to wait to see what happens next.
I was an English Major with a creative writing emphasis, so I have to admit that there are a few grammar or stylistic issues latent in this work, but many of them are things that a copy editor would need to find. Having written a novel myself, I know how difficult it can be to find all the errors that make it into a book. I enjoyed the dialogue, and while it isn't always perfect, Larsen, at least, isn't telling everything. I'm glad I didn't stop reading a good story because of a couple of errors. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. I just finished reading book two, and it doesn't disappoint either.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)