Books to the ceiling, books to the sky, my pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I'll have a long beard by the time I read them!
This book was incredible - at the time, I'd been itching for something to keep the Obernewtyn pangs at bay while I waited for the next book, and this fit perfectly. It has all of the same elements that together made Obernewtyn one of my favourite epic series ever, and I look forward to reading the rest of this series eagerly.
I have read a couple of reviews where people complained about the pace, but I thought it was brilliantly done. I think the build up of fear, anxiety and boredom in Maerad was perfect, and very believable. I loved the mythology behind the world that Alison Croggon has created, and I'm very excited to discover yet another awesome Australian fantasy author.