Fei lives in a village high a top a mountain. The entire village is deaf and they rely on supplies sent up a zipline from a town far below. Most of the villagers work in the mines, digging for precious metals that are then sent down in trade for the food they receive. Unfortunately something is causing some of the villagers to begin also losing their eyesight and becoming unable to work in the mine causing less and less food to be sent from below.
I really really wanted to like this book despite all the negativity I’d seen in regards to it. I have enjoyed everything else I’ve read by Richelle Mead prior to reading this so I thought maybe some were being a bit too harsh since it was different to her normal work.
Unfortunately, I spent most of the story being really bored. I won’t argue the Chinese folklore or if it was lacking. I just thought the story dragged a whole lot for my taste. In the end I’d say around 2.5 stars for me. If it were shorter, and that’s saying a lot as it’s less than 300 pages already, I may have enjoyed it a bit more. I just kind of got somewhat a repetitive feeling with discussing the hearing, eyesight, and lack of food over and over. There’s really only a few major happenings throughout and just not enough to keep my attention.
Overall, not really one I’d recommend but I’m sure most Mead fans will want to check it out anyway as I did too.