The descriptions around characters, food, action scenes and locations: all beautiful beyond reproach. The imagery WILL transport you to the marketplace, the fights on the countryside and onto the castle grounds. The book cover itself is a work of art. We get to understand more about the Maji and their complicated history. Major uptick in action from the first novel.
Children of Blood and Bone
The premise is a few kids racing against time and away from bad(wo)men to bring magic back into their world in order to save their people from oppression by the evil monarchy.