This book, and series, are the YA fantasy I was looking for at the age of 18 when all other YA novels became boring and repetitive. The world SJM creates is beautiful. The plot twists, different stories, and characters she introduces throughout the series captivate you. I felt like this series was just the right amount of "grown-up" I needed at the time while maintaining the colorful fantasy world. I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels but is looking for something a little different.