I found this book to be a lighter read than Tijan’s other stories I’ve read. There’s still some dark themes: rape, torture, murder. Yet, the story didn’t come across as intense as her other books. I don’t know if it was the dynamic between the two main characters that brought the tension down, but I found there wasn’t as much conflict between them as I would’ve expected. It also had less sex (less description too), hardly any cursing, and that probably also added to the lighter feel to the book.
Having said all that, I enjoyed the book and I’ll likely re-read when I want something deeper without too much intensity.