I'm trying to think of a way to describe this book, and I find I'm at a loss for words. Intriguing, interesting, delicious, yet deep and satisfying. Somewhat dark, but still lots of fun. Different from most every book being published in the young adult category today. I love having an unreliable narrator, and I love that there were just enough pieces to the puzzle that you could figure some things out for yourself while leaving other things in the dark. I loved how real the characters felt. I loved Eldric's character - mostly. If you read it, you'll know the part where I kind of growled at him. The writing style is a little difficult to follow at times - especially if you read it too fast (which is hard not to do, since you want to keep reading faster to find out what is going to happen). All in all, it had great pacing and voice and it was an enjoyable world to feel swept away in.