“This trilogy is very well plabnned with lovable characteres, an epic plot, a cataclasmic ending, a laughable epilogue, all within a magical world where even the gods are schememing. It is evident that there are elements of the 'ying-yang' theory within this trilogy, to express the idea that a whole nation of people can not be entirely good or evil, it is all dependent on perspectives and circumstances. The excessive use of symbolism also highlights the fact that stereotypes can not be trusted. Therefore it is important to read the entire trilogy to understand the depth of Canavan's message. Despite this, the triology can be at times humorous and ironic, and one of the great things about Canavan's style is that she does not spend a tedious amount of time explaining the customs of her worlds but instead enlightens the reader on the central conflicts of the trilogy from the first page of the first book, which conversely makes the world more believable. Also, I was personally touched by Liard/Mirrar's infatuation and Auraya's compassion ”
Nida B. wrote this review Wednesday, March 11, 2009.