Having read and enjoyed other Vivian Vande Velde books, I figured this would be a sure bet. I was wrong. It wasn’t bad, but one must prepare herself to read a campy, somewhat sugar-coated medieval fantasy. Even for a middle-grade book it seemed unnaturally wholesome and the pacing was laborious. This book, unless one is genuinely in a mood for brain cotton-candy, can quickly lead to boredom.
Personal rating: 3/5 stars