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 best way I can think to describe this one is as a historical fiction with fantastical elements. It’s really well done, with a wide cast of characters that you learn to care about over the course of the book. It brings up a number of issues without every feeling preachy about them.