It is difficult to review this book without giving away too many of the plot twists and turns that make it such a fun and enjoyable book, with one twist in particular shaking the whole story up and making it something altogether more interesting. Evie is a fun character who is headstrong and determined, but also somewhat niave and trusting when maybe she shouldn't be - she wants to see the good in people, and having been raised in a quiet little village she really can be quite sheltered. The cast built around her is interesting and has a depth that is not always seen in young adult novels, and while there are some stereotypes that may only be apparent to me because of how many books I read and the kinds of books that I read.
This was an engaging read that found the right balance between not being too heavy, and not being too light. The ending was satisfying and not as predictable as it could have been, and there was a sense of satisfaction with the slight tickle of a potential sequel. While not an anti-hero, Evie was definitely not your typical hero either.
If you like this book then try:
- Wolf speaker by Tamora Pierce
- Dragons milk by Susan Fletcher
- The Amaranth enchantment by Julie Berry
- Dealing with dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
- Jeremy Thatcher, dragon hatcher by Bruce Coville
- Charmed life by Diana Wynne Jones
- Ella enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Reviewed by Brilla