Douglass certainly knows how to spin a thoroughly compelling, emotion-charged tale. Her characters develop and grow with the story, engaging the reader’s sympathy. The sheer narrative momentum of the storyline helps overcome the occasional unwieldy sentence or clunky piece of writing. This is a dark, powerful novel that will appeal to devotees of the character-driven fantasies of such authors as Robin Hobb and Robert Jordan.
James Francis is a bookseller at Reader’s Feast, Melbourne. This review first appeared in the April 2010 issue of Bookseller+Publisher.
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