I stayed up until around 4AM, after having promised myself that I would go to bed early just to finish this book. It was awesome, I really really enjoyed it. I had gone to bed around 1:30AM, but the suspense was just too much. So I headed out of bed and read until I finished. It was that good!
I have to say that I really did not know how it would end, until it actually ended. The plot twists were very satisfying. Although I found the author’s style a bit wordy and too descriptive sometimes, sometimes it was just the right amount to get my imagination going. I had a terrific time learning about faeries, wights, and folklore. My favorite stuff was about a town called Appleton Thorn, where the tree that the village worships is this thorny tree. They had such wacky customs that reminded me of Halloween. I really liked the Flench Riding, the Pumpkin bites. Suffice it to say, I tore through the trilogy, because it was GOOOOOOD!
My favorite thing, I suppose, is that the main character is awesome. So brave, so beautiful, and so smart. I also really liked the thought of a high fairy king, Angavar, and the descriptions of why the faeries do what they did. The challenging dialogue (old english mixed with common tongue), and the misspellings (or olde spellings) were very clever. I enjoyed singing the mermaid’s last line “scoom yer feesh weel”, it rings just right. Anyway, Angavar sounds like an awesome guy, and no doubt, any mortal would hark and follow anything he said. His demeanor throughout the whole book is ultra cool, and the silly things that happen that cause all these events (amnesia, mistaken identity, etc) are totally unexpected and clever.
To sum it up, I highly enjoyed this book. I also learned a lot about seelie, unseelie wights, and lorraly, unlorraly creatures. The flying is also really cool. Ah, MAGIC!