Dragons, check. Palace intrigue and gossip, check. Music, check. Controversial saints, check. Assassination attempts, check. Prince Charming, sort of. Half-dragon girl, of course. This is definitely not an ordinary sort of book. That may be my favorite thing about it, as well as some of the things mentioned above. I absolutely loved the saarantrai, dragons able to become humans, hoarding knowledge in place of gold. The quigutl were also fun, almost human cousins of saarantrai that go begging for metal to make little figurines. The story starts a little strangely, but once I got into it, it was hard to put down. The writing has a lyrical quality, with a bright thread of humor throughout. This book reminds me of the Inheritance books by Christoper Paolini, one person set to bring two separated worlds together, joining them in a common cause. Rachel Hartman's debut novel is truly magnificent.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Lake City, IA USA