2.) Two great POVs for the price of one. King uses both first and third person narration, and the characters of Emer and Saffron are distinct and unique, not just the same girl in a different time, in a different body.
3.) Great historical accuracy and detail. Emer's various cloaks just took my breath away.
4.) A curse. Not just a good curse, but a great curse.
5.) A good ending. Very satisfying but not too HAE (Happily Ever After).
I really loved this book for taking me places I didn't expect, and for the history and the the originality of it's premise. The scenes from Saffron's dog lives are poignant and a little disturbing, just like the rest of the story. I guess that's why I liked it so much.
Caveat, one reason not to read this book: There is a rape scene, which I always find disturbing. It wasn't overly graphic, but if you don't like reading books with rape scenes, I'd steer clear. Hard to port. ;)
“All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery. Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” ~George Orwell
I'm a YA writer who delves into urban fantasy, paranormal and romance, and who loves reading good books almost as much as writing them.
When not writing—or working—I enjoy daydreaming, drinking tea, and walking in cemeteries. I used to spend the rest of my time checking my inbox for manuscript requests, but am now proudly represented by Rosemary Stimola, of Stimola Literary Studio.