I was so sure I was going to love MASTER OF SALT & BONE and there were some things about it I did enjoy. I'm a fan of old skool Gothic romances from the 60s and 70s and this book did manage to capture some of the things that make those books so great. I also liked the slow burn between the protagonists (YAAAAAS, sexual tension!) and all of the backstory. I'm a fan of dual timelines and I thought Lake did a pretty good job employing them to great effect here.
I actually ended up setting this aside around the 40% mark for several months because I got bored but then I found myself thinking about it and I needed to clean up a spot on my KU so I could start checking out more books. I think I'm going to put it down for good at the 66% mark. I don't really like the sex scenes and the book ended up getting a little too weird for me. To be clear, the darkness of the content didn't really bother me at all... this just turned into something that I'm not into and I really didn't like the way the writing style developed.
I can see why other people liked this and will probably check out some of this author's other works, but this ended up being a disappointment for me.
2 out of 5 stars