This is what i love about Showalter's writing:
He flashed to the outskirts of the male’s palace. A towering monstrosity built from blood and bones. The surrounding moat was a mix of acid and the tears of the damned. Above, dragons flew through a sky of smoke and fire.
I love this darkness, the fantasy, the description of the setting... I just live it.
i will say though that this book started out a bit different than what I expect from her. It took a while for the female main to develope.