For three quarters of the book, I was really enjoying it. So much so, I was going to rate it 4 stars, if not 5. But then the author chose the easy way out of the major problem her two main characters faced - it was such a cop-out, it ruined the rest of the book. I almost stopped reading right there, but decided to finish it since I was almost done. It really is disappointing. What made it even worse was the reactions of the characters to the solution. Suspension of belief only goes so far, even in fantasy novels. It was such a life altering solution, they way the characters reacted to it before it was implemented, during, and after (especially after) was just not believable. It was quite ridiculous actually. I would tell you what the author did, but if I had to go through that annoyance, so do you!