This is a unique book. The worldbuilding is amazing, though some of it is familiar, such as the idea of the elements, including death. Multiple situations had me bawling my eyes out, and when real life had me down, I realized I didn't have the fortitude to continue reading. I had to wait for better times before I could pick it back up.
Unfortunately, it didn't really have an ending, since it's the first book in a series. I will say the plot seemed meandering at some points, as though it needed a little tightening from the editor.
Overall though, I liked the gray (not black and white) characters and plot. And the world was very interesting. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to start a series in a unique secondary world with magic.