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!

Just finished Lady of the Sorrows. It was pretty good. You get to the point where you cannot put it down. I really enjoyed the romance bits! Now Thorn is reminiscent of the perfect hero, a mix of opposites. He is sharp of wit, but soft to his lady, he is funny but also serious. He has wicked skills in woodcraft. And the lady, herself, is brave beyond belief. Her wit and imagination are quite boundless, and I am sooooo thrilled she has found romance, after all those long hard times as a peasant and what-not.  Quite the romance. I am just thrilled it is such a terrific romance. Lots of undercurrents about class, status, and political manuevering– quite interesting. I liked the intrigue, and also the stories of the Faeran. The fairytales are definitely a boon– the author sure did her research. I’m learning quite a bit, so hopefully, I will be prepared if I ever need to commerce with eldritch wights. Iron, Salt, Bread– be warned! This is a must read fantasy book!

I finished the Ill-Made mute and have to say that I really enjoyed the story. I learned a bit about wights and seelie and unseelie creatures. Lots of cool folklore. I like that Imhrien meets such cool people to travel with, and I can totally empathize with her and her friends. They are good people. I like finding out the adventures with the wights as well. I am happy to report that now I am happily addicted to the second book. I think this is one of the better fantasies, although its still no Robin Hobb. 🙂 Ah my Fool, I miss you!Stay tuned.

Just finished reading David Sedaris’ collection of short stories. I enjoyed his insights. Some of the book was really funny, in terms of making you stop and think about why things are the way they are, and understanding how the main character means well but things don’t always turn out. My favorite story was the one about the fair, where he considers how horrible it must have been to be the girl in the ride. Anyway, it was chuckly some, and a short read. A good way to pass the time…