" I was kind of disappointed in this book. I thought it had a lot of promise, and the plot was actually really good. However, there were several things about this book that I didn't like. Firstly, the author tried really hard to create a unique world for this story, but I just thought it was a bit too confusing. She gave all the species of the characters strange names, and it took me awhile to figure out what type of creatures everyone was supposed to be. I suppose an o'rant is a human, emerlindians are kind of like elves, mariones are dwarf-like, grawligs are ogres, and so on and so forth. I still can't figure out what the heck a doneel is supposed to be and I can't get a good picture of one in my imagination, which was somewhat irksome. Secondly, I didn't think the main character, Kale, was very original at all (and she was kind of annoying at times with her low self-confidence and unwillingness to think for herself) In fact, I didn't think any of the characters were very well developed, which is the main reason I only gave this book 2/5 (good characters are the most important part of a book, in my opinion.) The parallels to Christianity were nice (although I was rather far into the book before I could figure out who the heck Paladin was and his significance) but it got a little too preachy/sermon-y for my tastes at some points and I got bored because the story wasn't progressing as quickly at these points. After being disappointed in this book, I'm not sure if I'll continue on with the series. I liked the storyline and would like to see what happens next, but I'm not sure if it'll be worth my time. "
— Kristie, 1/31/2014