This book only confirms [a:Juliet Marillier|8649|Juliet Marillier|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1278657532p2/8649.jpg]on my all-time favorite author list.
There is just something about her writing, something about her characters, something about her love... Her writing is so beautiful and wondrous, I don't even really mind how utterly predictable and at times a little bit corny it can be. With anyone else I'm rolling my eyes or tossing the book into the "maybe... not" pile but with Marillier I'm bawling at the corniest lines.
This book was definitely more of a romance than the others of hers I've read, ([b:Daughter of the Forest|13928|Daughter of the Forest (Sevenwaters, #1)|Juliet Marillier|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1343589988s/13928.jpg|1897725], [b:Son of the Shadows|13927|Son of the Shadows (Sevenwaters, #2)|Juliet Marillier|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1316131224s/13927.jpg|2801045], [b:Wildwood Dancing|13929|Wildwood Dancing (Wildwood, #1)|Juliet Marillier|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1320541546s/13929.jpg|2024857]) but still has that old fairy (fey) tale feel.
It's a bit of an emotional rollercoaster, and as always Marillier fearlessly faces complicated relationships (not to mention abuse and neglect) along other icky situations with a refreshingly not overly-dramatized view. At the same time, when I compare Marillier to another author I really enjoy: [a:Tamora Pierce|8596|Tamora Pierce|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1209044273p2/8596.jpg] an author who takes a rather bleak view on humanity in her fantasy realms, there's a certain optimism in Marillier's view of the human spirit. All of her villains are scarily relatable, which perhaps is part of the secret to her genius.
So, yeah, it’s fantastic. I think [b:Daughter of the Forest|13928|Daughter of the Forest (Sevenwaters, #1)|Juliet Marillier|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1343589988s/13928.jpg|1897725] still takes the proverbial cake (so far) this year as the best book I’ve read, but this one was just as addicting.