The thing that really stood out to me about this book was the characters. They were used expertly to highlight key themes throughout the story and I got to know each individual on a great level. Every character had their own unique features which Amer took the time to really develop and there was brilliant attention to detail. I particularly loved the friendship between Zaq and Jags. Their dialogue felt realistic and their conversations brought plenty of humour to the book. This humour always seemed to come in exactly the right place and prevented me from getting too bogged down in the more violent parts of the book.
I really enjoyed the inclusion of a different language in places and I thought it was woven in brilliantly as even though I didn't understand the language, I was still able to grasp what was happening.
The book was fast paced whilst also being informative and enlightening about the different cultures. I was learning about so many new things but it didn't distract me at all, instead it blended in neatly with the story.
The descriptions were vivid and colourful which meant there was a great sense of place and I felt like I knew the area well by the end.
The conclusion was exciting and a fitting end to the book.
Overall I'm going to give Western Fringes 4.5 out of 5. It was insightful and action-packed and I really enjoyed it.
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This book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review.