I found myself smiling a bit right from the start. There's magic all around Ree's house.. probably around Ree too come to think of it.
I loved how the story alternated between Ree and Jaron so you didn't miss anything in the story from either side. Rin is a strange little boy and yet I couldn't help but feel sorry for him. My heart broke for him really.
The detailing this book is amazing. The descriptions are so vivid you see everything clearly without a doubt knowing it's what was pictured while the words were written. I absolutely love the mystical feel of this story. It's a familiar story told in a brand new way.
Ree, Jaron and Rin's journey is one so many of us who love fantasy would love to go on. It's like a mix of all the fantasy novels you've ever read, a dash of fairy tale and a pinch of romance.
I did have one gripe with the intelligence of Jaron and Ree...They know the name of the Betrayer.. yet when the Betrayer's name is mentioned in an another situation Ree doesn't connect the dots that the two are one and the same.
Aside from the small errors, there are a few places where a word is missing, nothing drastic and certainly not a reason to snub your nose at this book, this book is a good read. I enjoyed the storyline and the way the characters grew and evolved. I look forward to the next installment and hope Ms. Sutherlin will remember me when it needs to be reviewed.
I give this book 4 of 5 paws