Pretty much everything here originally appeared at my actual blog: By Singing Light. I particularly focus on upper middle-grade and young adult books. I also enjoy adult genre books, especially speculative fiction.
The worldbuilding here is amazing, and I was willing to forgive the lack of deep characterization given the epic sweep of the book. But I could have done without the heavy-handed foreshadowing in the first half. After [REDACTED] [redacted]s, the plot moves along much more quickly and without the sense of looming prophecy that annoyed me in the first part. [Feb 2012]