Top critical review
Too short, but not bad.
Reviewed in the United States on October 7, 2007
I think that the ability to create a world that is filled with magic and unknown places is perhaps too great a task to do in one book. There are details and concepts that we, as readers, have become spoiled with thanks to the growing trend of long, multi-volume series.
The author does a good job of telling a story within the constraints of a single volume. The main character is interesting, relatively likeable, but not terribly believable. That's probably due to the fact that there simply isn't enough space to do much in the way of character development.
The setting is a small village that goes through several disasters in a short time. The heroine loses her new husband, her family and is plagued by an onset of magical power in a community the equates magic with evil. Add to this mix the return of mythical, magical creatures and you have a pretty good idea of what's going on.
This is a really, good author who's work in other series I have really enjoyed. This is not her best work by any means, but it's not too bad if you need something simple to read on a plane flight or something.