The world of The Fall of Lostport grows up around the reader and forms a stunning backdrop for the push and pull of character motivations that drive the plot. The Fall of Lostport is the only book I’ve read that pulls off the trope of a girl who can’t inherit a title because of her gender. I believe this is because R.J Vickers incorporates this concept as an irreconcilable obstacle for both Laina and her father rather than having Laina struggle to break glass ceilings and prove her competency. Although Vickers uses multiple POV characters, each is unique and compelling, and I never felt confused or lost track of who was who. I grew so fond of this world that I didn’t want the book to end. The Fall of Lostport combines evocative settings with driven, relatable characters to form a thoroughly immersive fantasy novel.
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