I was disappointed when I opened the book. Sabriel and Lireal, its predecessors in the series, though long were much more riveting. It took me a long time to finish this book, forcing myself to do so as if it was a chore. The storyline was like a desert compared to its sisters and the ending was absolutely horrible. The readers of the Abhorsen series who are eager to see how it ends will sadly be disappointed (I'm sorry to say).