What the book is about:
Liz and her brother, Teagan, were out checking the trap lines when they came across a dead grey bear. As unusual as that was, the tiny bear cub trying to defend its dead mother was even more unusual. Liz, Teagan, and their brother Evan, now have to deal with the consequences of this strange find, which ultimately turns the world they know completely upside down.
What I liked:
- The storyline: What I found really interesting is that this book is set PRIOR TO The Blind Dragon, even though The Blind Dragon is the first book. It took me some time to connect with that, but I enjoyed meeting characters I already knew in a setting before I knew them. Very interesting twist.
- Characters: This is where it’s hard to explain without saying TOO much, but the play between each of the characters in Liz’s family is done masterfully. It’s very realistic, which can be super uncomfortable, but it’s done so brilliantly that it’s hard to stay mad for long.
- The setting: I love how the mountain itself becomes a character in the story. Dealing with the land, the setting, and the strain of survival in harsh conditions amps up the tension in the story and gives the story even more interest.
- Narmos. Can’t say much more without giving stuff away. Sorry.
- The magic: The magic system played into the story in a VERY surprising way and I LOVED it! Brilliantly done.
What I didn’t like:
- Father. Brilliantly and beautifully written and I want to shank him throughout the ENTIRETY of the book. There are some things make me so angry and his behaviors and actions are some of those things and I find myself in a less than gracious position toward him throughout the whole book.
Overall thoughts and opinions:
Well! This book was JUST AS GOOD as The Blind Dragon. I hope I write books that suck me just as much as these books do.
I have to admit, though, I did NOT read this one as quickly as the first, but it has nothing to do with the writing. Without giving TOO MUCH away about the book, there were certain elements about said bear cub that reminded me so much of my beloved Sasha (my dear German Shepherd that we had to put down in early July) that I HAD to put the book down to collect my emotions. I call that a thumbs up for the realism in the writing and the ability to draw me in SO deeply so as to pull out emotion with a simple line or phrase or gesture.
The characters in the book are superb and I found myself loving some and hating others, which may or may not have been the intended effect, but it was the effect on me nonetheless.
When we met up with some characters from The Blind Dragon, I was overjoyed! It was really cool to see an earlier version of the characters I already knew and the CONSISTENCY between them was amazing! The world feels alive and vibrant and the people feel real, too. I adore these books. He does not write NEARLY fast enough. Ha!
I can say with certainty that I will eagerly buy the next book whenever it comes out.
I give this book 5 stars!