Most helpful positive review
on 1 February 2009
When this book arrived i was worried it would be written in a way that would make it difficult to continue with if you were above a certain age; some books are just immature in that way. Thankfully this isn't one. There is plenty of intrigue, suspense, character development, even magic and romance. written so that one chapter flows easily into the next and you hardly notice the breaks in writing.
mel is likeable enough for a heroine and as the book progresses we are introduced to her brother, her friends and her enimies.
As a very basic summary; mel is a countess, her family is poor and she has spent much of her childhood running barefoot with the village urchins she considered her friends and dancing to the music of the mysterious hill folk. The book starts when her father is dying and calls her and her brother bran to his chamber where he makes them both promise that they will work together to rid the land of its tyranic king and try and instate themselves as rulers through a claim on their late mothers side. Brother and sister then rally the villages and start a revolt, hoping that the rest of the kingdom will join them and help make changes for the better. This is all disrupted when the king sends a prominent marquis in charge of his army and they manage to capture mel.....
the book takes us through captivity and a desperate flight across the countryside, then in book two to the delicate dance of life at court... but you'll have to find out the rest for yourself.
definitely a plesant weekend's distraction, for both young and more mature readers :)