Top critical review
on June 16, 2001
I really enjoy almost all fantasy books, and this was no exception. There was enough adventure to keep the book moving, and each character dealt with personal conflicts in addition to the wars and other problems plaguing their country of Tortall.
The main problem with this book is that, as I said before, I'v read many fantasy books, and this was a VERY typical fantasy story. The brave character, fights the "bad guy" falls in love, etc. All is good at the end.
Many of its characters, such as Alanna, were typical characters for a fantasy novel - brave, pretty, magical, blessed by the gods, etc. Still, she was a "fun" character, one who many people would enjoy reading about. While some of the characters seemed one-dimensional, there were some that enhanced the quality of the story. George Cooper, king of the rogues, was one of the best characters in the book. As for the other characters, they do develop through the rest of the series, just slowly.
Overall, I would say that if you have read many fantasy novels, don't read this. There isn't really anything very new or original. However, if you are from 11-15, and this is one of your first fantasy books, it is a very good introduction to the world of imagination.