This book is one of the very best I have ever read (And I have read A LOT). McKillip really brings out the emotions of Sybel, the story's heroine. I liked that even though Sybel was the heroine, she still had flaws and failings. The world and settings are described marvellously and so are the mystical and beautiful animals who occupy the pages. I couldn't put the book down. Something for all fantasy lovers, and even romance lovers.