Of late I've been very choosy about the books I read. This is because when I read a fantastic book, it sets the bar higher for my next read. I've actually dropped a number of popular bestsellers only a few pages in, before I picked up this one. If I don't sense anything good in a book when I'm a couple of pages in, I drop it. No time! I've got hundreds of books waiting to be read!
The characters were quite intriguing. Raisa seemed a bit bitchy at the start, swooning for every broad shoulder and finely sculpted face, as well as kissing just about every boy with fine features. No scruples! At least she was smart enough not to go spreading her legs as well. Anyways, she actually matured a little as the story went on. Good for her.
Hanson was my favourite. His daring and swagger is reminiscent of Jaron, one of my favourite fantasy characters.
The plot is well thought out. It takes a lot to surprise me these days. I usually can predict to an accuracy of about 90% the direction in which a plot line will take. This book managed to give me quite a few interesting surprises. It's also a unique plot line in that it makes use of an important feature of the real world, The Law of Reciprocal Action. The manner in which Han's actions came back to haunt him is reminiscent of that of the real world. One can learn a lot of lessons from this book.
In a nutshell, it was a quite pleasant read.