Out of all Shannon Hale's books, this one seems to get the least praise and the most criticism. Knowing that, I was prepared not to like it. Maybe my expectations were too low, but I was very pleasantly surprised. I liked it just as much as The Goose Girl and Enna Burning.
know if Shannon Hale pulled off the male protagonist quite as
successfully as the heroines in her other books. However, Razo is such a
fun-loving character, it was impossible not to love him. I liked him in
the other books, so I was really interested to get more details and see
his character developed more fully.
While I was listening to
this book, I caught myself thinking (again and again), "I wish I could
write like Shannon Hale." There is something about her style that
totally captivates me; whether it is her simplistic descriptions or
capturing the perfect metaphor, I don't know, but I love it. It's all so
fresh and original. You don't hear the same phrases and descriptions
that have been used a thousand times by a hundred authors.
I'm so sad I don't have Forest Born yet because I would much rather read that than the next book I have in line.
I wrote this review before the birth of this blog.