Publisher: Philomel Source: Library
For starters: the American cover. Bleh. I don't like it. I get it that Erak is a big part of this book, but let's face it...he's not very attractive. Plus, there's something weird about the picture that just seems off. I can't put my finger on what, but it just looks wrong. The UK cover (to the right) is much more pleasant to look at. And it has a cooler title.
Now to the actual content of the book. So far, there's nothing about this series that I love, nothing that jumps out at me as super awesome or fantastic. That being said, I did enjoy reading this, as with the other books in the series.
Will is likable, but he's also an idiot sometimes. Exhibit A: Evanlyn is having Eowyn-esque angst over the fact that she can't fight because she's a girl. She asks Will to give her some archery lessons. Will says no. Um...what? Will, do you not know a golden opportunity when it's staring you in the face? Think about it. If a pretty girl--a princess, no less--asks you for archery lessons, you say yes. Especially if you have a crush on her (oh, don't deny it, he totally does). Especially if you're worried Horace might also be interested in her. Archery lessons would have given Will plenty of excuses to spend lots of time with her, and if he wanted to, he could pull some sort of sneaky, cheesy trick of putting his arms around her "to show her how to hold the bow". And anyway, girls can fight, too!
Speaking of Horace...I wish he had more depth. He's always so content to let will do the thinking. I wish he could be less of a mindless fighter and have more personality. However, I do like the aspect of his moral code, and the kind of person that makes him.
And then, Halt. I love Halt. Probably because he reminds me of Brom. I think I've already said that in my other reviews, but it's true. My mental picture of Halt is just a picture of Brom, but shorter.
You know who never made an appearance in this book? Gilan. This disappointed me a little--I hope he comes back into the story soon!
Overall, I like how this series is progressing. I hope that pattern will continue throughout the series. I'll be reading the sequels, for sure. This would be a great book for someone who is into high fantasy but not ready for something like Game of Thrones, or even Eragon. Recommended!