[April 22, 2011] A little slow in the beginning, but gets better towards the end. I really liked the characters and their interaction with each other. The plot is intriguing and I look forward to see how it develops in the next book.[November 02, 2012] I liked it better the second time. I was confused about the mythology and the backstories the first time, but I understand it much better now. The history of Skala is pretty interesting and I liked the fact that the rule is passed from mother to daughter.