I thought this was one of the best written books of this nature I've read in a long time. The author made it an easy, fun read and easy to understand. She wrote as if she was actually trying to convey a story to us, instead of impress us with her vocabulary, scientific knowledge, etc. as so many current S/F-Fantasy writers seem to try to do nowdays. However, my two criticisms would be that she gets a little carried away with the magic part of the story, and it gets a little overblown for me. And I discovered that this was a continuing-sequel book. This is probably fine with most readers, but not with me, and the book did not give any hint from the cover, etc. that there was a sequel in the works. I simply don't generally read sequel books, so I'll pass on future offerings from her.