A complex and refreshing main character
I wasn't familiar with this world, so i wasn't at all sure what to expect of elaia and her friends. the beginning started a tad fuzzy for me because the setting and characters are wholly original, and i had to trust the author to fill in the details for me as i read. i appreciate that she didn't just dump it all out in the beginning, but instead immersed the reader and lead us through the story with compelling tidbits. elaia is not an easy character to like. she's not going to be everyone's cup of tea. she's angry, obstinate, and selfish. but she's brave, daring, exciting, and fierce. she seems like someone who thinks she knows who she is, but i suspect she's going to do a lot of growing, evolving, and changing over time. on the one hand she seems very young and naive, but then she seems like an ancient elemental goddess. she's a very complex character, and something you often see authors do with male characters, but not so much with women, so i found her to be refreshing, even when i was telling her to stop being so mean. i'm looking forward to seeing who she becomes.