I can't quite figure out why I didn't like this book. Maybe it's just me, but the writing is very vague. I never get a feel of what kind of city the story is taking place or of what the characters look like. I get that the author is trying really hard for us to believe that everyone loves the main character Kaylin, but she just sounds like she's too incompetent to be a Hawk. She apparently failed all the classes she had to take to become a Hawk. Which makes me wonder what kind of organization the Hawks are if they're going to allow her to be one of them?
Maybe Michelle Sagara is trying to show us that Kaylin is an underachiever but because there was something special about her everyone wanted to keep her. I don't know, there was just too much going on here with a lot of back story that was only somewhat hinted at. And NO ONE wanted to tell Kaylin anything. She asked "why?" a lot and the answers were just so...vague that I don't think I learned anything about anyone. And my review is so all over the place that I don't know if I'm making any sense now. Basically, the story is really compelling and so is the world that the author has created but I think that she didn't really do a great job at bringing the world to life and making us care about the main character. I think she has potential which is why I'm going to continue reading this series while I hope it gets better.