I first read this book and The Hero and the Crown when I was a preteen and I still absolutely adore both and have them as keepers and often go back and read them when I just want to relax with an old friend.
Harry is a great character who you want to smack upside the head or hug tight depending on the moment. I personally think that you should read Hero before this one but I know the author wrote them the other way around.
I remember I really enjoyed reading this book a few years ago, as a freshman in highschool. It was a little slow at first, but later on I couldn't put it down. I would recommend it to a young adult or teen who likes their books full of adventure and topped with a little romance.
A TERRIFIC read for young adults/teens as well as adults. This story intertwines with The Hero and the Crown by the same author (one of my ALL TIME favorite books) and is also deserving of accolades. Robin McKinley is a superb writer who has a knack for drawing you into the story and making you never want to leave. There's fantasy and magic, royalty and duty, mystical folk, daring escapades, amazing horses, true love, and excitement - all waiting to be had!!
This was a book were I read the whole thing waiting for something to happen and when I finished it, I wondered what had happened. It was a good thought and several aspects were enjoyable, but I think that McKinley didn't know which direction to go and decided to not chose a direction at all.
A great book when you want something a little out of the ordinary!