Amy's Marathon of Books blog - February 23, 2014
"Remarkably easy to get into and straight-forward. The characters of Maurey and Annot were interesting and relatable, and I liked the book’s theme of acceptance."
KLIATT - July 1, 2007
"Filled with pathos, humor and plenty of action, this should satisfy most YA fantasy readers...Sure to bring requests for the next in the series."
Quill & Quire - June 1, 2007
"The vaguely medieval fantasy past…gives [Johansen] a chance to use both her background as a medieval scholar and her fascination with The Lord of the Rings."
Mad Tales blog - May 6, 2007
"The book is fantastical - set in medievalish worlds, with magical beings - but it is also quite realistic in the telling. Characters use magic as a tool, but they are forced to struggle and work for their goals, and magic does not become a prop to them. I really enjoyed this book."
CM Magazine - April 13, 2007
"A fast-paced adventure story...The main characters are multi-dimensional and should appeal to readers of either gender. Highly recommended."
VOYA - April 1, 2007
"Johansen creates an elaborate world populated by complex characters...Readers will look forward to the sequel."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books - April 1, 2007
"Fantasy fans who favor rich settings are likely to find [the main character's] quest through dangerous landscapes...compelling."
Resource Links - April 1, 2007
"Johansen has created a world and a cast of characters that I thoroughly enjoyed journeying with."
Booklist - March 1, 2007
"The fast-paced adventure, compelling characters and conflicts that make sense will reward readers of this fully-realized fantasy."
TeensReadToo.com - March 1, 2007
"All I can say is WOW!...Amazingly well-developed and imagined...intelligent and witty."