As someone who has read such books as the Game of Thrones, LOTR, Harry Potter, and the Dresden Files, I was pleasantly surprised by this lighthearted series' new depth in this additional perspective to the Megan Chase saga.
There's a softer side to the Winter Prince that only this tale can surmise. Normally the teenage boy made for a YA's female reader is a disappointing, melodramatic, emo-baby who can't stop complaining long enough to move the story along. Julie Kagawa did a great job of using the plot of this story to explain the why's of this character's jaded attitude while captivating the audience's attention with a well paced tale of enchantment and mortality.
Andrew's didn't fake the emotion the character faced nor did he overdo the torrent of emotion. The bi-polar like influx felt by the main character (justifiably so - for once) must have been a challenge to convey appropriately, but MacLeod Andrews nailed it.
Oh I teared up. Who wouldn't? Julie Kagawa brought YA's to a whole new level. I'm an adult in my mid 20's and this hit a realm of humanity that I haven't reached since Rand's The Fountainhead. It was impressive that a great tale with deep characters facing profound transformations could truly be captured in the literary range applicable to young adults. Kagawa raised the bar.
I found myself amply surprised by the plot twists in this book where I was thoroughly annoyed with the main character in the rest of the series for not recognizing the course of action necessary chapters earlier - but that could be due to my age and experience level (most likely it was appropriate hand holding required for the age group for which this series was intended).
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