I was born with a reading list I will never finish.
If how quickly I finished this is any indication.....this was a great book. I was completely sucked in from the get-go.
Meira is a wonderful character. She is smart, strong, willful. I loved her through and through. I wasn't even annoyed with the love triangle aspect of the novel because it made sense. Mather was a great character as well. It will be interesting to see how he develops as the story progresses in later books.
Theron....what to say about Theron. I absolutely fell in love with him. He is wonderful....and I think a much stronger match for Meira than Mather. I liked his vulnerability....and what seemed to be real understanding of the situation Meira was in.
Sir was an odd character for me. I liked him but I never really got a clear picture of him in my head. He was always just this strong (occasionally overbearing) character in the periphery.
I loved....loved....loved the world this is set in. The idea is fabulous and well written. The magic, its usage and power, the segregation of the kingdoms is well thought out and rolls well throughout the story.
I am absolutely looking forward to continuing this series. Sara Raasch has impressed me quite a bit. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone (even if you aren't big into fantasy) as the book is wonderful.