here), The Chronicles of Narnia and The Wizard of Oz and it definitely satiated my craving for a comforting fantasy to read. I can definitely see why Tamora Pierce has 20+ books for sale with this kind of welcoming writing. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good rainy day read, fans of fantasy, animal communication, YA, female heroines, magic or RPG video games (I felt a lot of similarities to the various Final Fantasy games or World of Warcraft and the like).
Favorite things: Daine's amazing ability, the interesting world Tamora Pierce has created, the displays of loyalty and friendship, the comforting familiarity that reminded me of so many of my favorite childhood reads, the distinction that the animals were only choosing to help Daine and she didn't really have any control over them and the differences between the various species of animals and the unique ways they each played a role in this story.
Criticisms: I guess it did seem like there might be some things I am missing and I suspect that is because I started these books out of order, but this book mostly stood alone. I didn't feel like I was missing much, but it did lead to a few moments of wonder or confusion. Other than that, nothing!
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars! I have been enjoying a wide variety of really good books lately! I am more likely to love a book if I spent my money to buy it though, because I never do that without first reading a sample and also having a lot of prior interest in the book as well, so don't expect too many bad reviews from me in general. It doesn't mean I'm not objective, it just means I'm really picky before ever buying in the first place. :)
Anyway, I hope everyone is having a good end to their week and I'll ttyl! *hugs*