Was looking for something a little lighter to read and picked this up after being recommended it all of 14 years ago.
It’s young adult fantasy fiction but with the strength of the genre the last few years, I’d have to say that it’s not particularly good YA fiction; laden with tropes, functional prose and very conventional characters. It’s a compelling world Canavan has built but the story creaks at every juncture with predictable plot twists. The villain isn’t particularly threatening and it wasn’t until the very end of the novel that my interest was piqued by a genuinely unexpected turn, which I have to say irritated me as much interested me as I had to wait until the very end to reach it!
My other bugbear is the lack of female characters. A female lead is is not enough to carry the flag for the entire gender and the book could really do some more female characters
That said, on the strength of the world-building, I might read on but it’s a book that’s really better suited for younger readers.
You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.