Friday, November 20, 2009
Together, Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia have pulled off an amazing, epically long and engaging novel that will engross readers from the very first chapter. Their writing style is packed with details, and straightforward, which works well with Ethan as the narrator. His voice is authentic and the change of view is a refreshing variation from the multitudes of female voices clamoring for attention in YA books today. The complex details of Casters and the power they possess is revealed slowly, along with the finer points of the curse that plagues the two main characters, but the book never drags. Stohl and Garcia are constantly revealing little tidbits of information as the book progresses, making for quite a build-up of suspense. Their plot is solid and intricate, but not confusing, and just when you think there couldn't possibly be any more revelations, the dramatic climax confronts Lena and Ethan with a whole new slew of problems. This wonderfully unique book with a rich, historic setting is perfectly conveyed to give readers shivers and hypnotize them completely. Garcia and Stohl will have readers eating out of their hands and hanging in suspense for a sequel.
Cover Comments: This cover is very, very striking! I just adore the smoky look to it, and the title treatment is gorgeous! It does an excellent job at appearing creepy and mysterious, but also modern and appealing. Excellent, excellent cover!