This book has a lovely cover, a lovely premise, and lovely characters. Sadly it seems to have no meat. Both North and Sydelle are likeable enough, but they never got me to truly root for them or their adventure. This book definitely needed to be fleshed out more, half the time I had no clue where the characters where because they hopped from place to place like PC’s in a D&D game, magically appearing where they needed to be with little or no travel. I have no idea what the world they inhabited looked like other than that whole ‘dessert’ area. Sydelle seemed like she had a very weak personality, and most of the time North acted like a psychotic ass, so the fact that they ended up together is kind of baffling to me. I guess I was just expecting more from this story than what I got, which is sad, because the premise really intrigued me. I will not be reading the sequel.