Okay, so this book was kinda like somebody threw a brick at my head or something. It just wasn't very . . . interesting? I don't know if it's because this is the first of Pierce's books where a million different plots weren't happening all at once, so she just had the one to concentrate on, or because it's the first of her books where the story is pretty much contained to a few characters, a relatively short span of time, and a fixed geographical location, but it was kind of draggy most of the time? I don't know. Like I said, I think I'm just used to the ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM of Pierce's plots, so when this book acted more like a normal book with a normal amount of plot and such, it kind of threw me. Anyway, no matter the cause, didn't find it as enjoyable as the Alanna books, or even the first book in the Immortals series.