Although a slow plot makes the story difficult to enjoy in the beginning, the story quickly picks up pace and becomes an exciting read. Its Indian-like atmosphere and exquisitely detailed land create an unusual and enthralling world that traps the reader - especially when the puzzling palace of the Grass King is introduced. Each character: human, superhuman, and ferret alike are presented as uniquely flawed individuals, adding to the story's overall conviction. Even the twin shapeshifters, whose friends and enemies struggle to tell apart, are each shown to posses their own personalities by which the reader can distinguish them. The Cadre and their powers are especially captivating - for each defines himself by his power, yet uses it for a different reason than his fellows. The story itself is told through the eyes of four characters: Aude, Jehan, and the twin ferrets. Though the author's choice to switch between personages every chapter does foster suspense, it also creates easy confusion. However, the description of both characters and setting is fantastic, and the overall story is fascinating. Although the book takes time and concentration to read, I would recommend it to any fantasy-lover.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Middlebury, CT USA