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.
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!!
Robin McKinley is one of my favorite authors, but this is very different from her other books because it is more similar to epic and high fantasy then were other works. It's sequel is "The Hero and the Crown."
Romance and scifi in one! What more could you ask for? And the war depicted in this book is very realistic, similar to the struggle between the english and native indians in america.
Oh man, this book was so fun! Not an intellectual read, but lots of fun!!!