by Robin McKinley
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
This isn’t going to be a top pick for me this year. I was immediately bored with the story — at the start, there was nothing to draw me in. No captivating text, no interesting event… nothing! It didn’t begin to catch my interest until closer to half-way through when she eventually goes to visit her friend’s home. And it continued to bore me after she returned again. This book seems to be more of a set-up to a sequel — and you know how tedious that can get. I’ll probably try and read the next one, because the ending is left rather open-ended; and I would like to see the problem resolved.
I guess the most frustrating thing in the book is that there are so many ill-timed flashbacks. If these parts are so important to the story, they really should have been included at the start of the book… when she was still 12. Not later when she was remembering being 12.
It does have nice characters, and a nice setting — and is a fairly easy read. But, I’ve read better YA fantasy than this — and am looking forward to reading better fantasy next time. I’m sure that people who like this author will continue to like this novel, but I (who’ve not read this author before) found it a bit disappointing.